A former governor of Cross River State, Clement Ebri has withdrawn from the national chairmanship race of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The development means former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, only needs affirmation of the delegates on Saturday to clinch the position.
In a statement on Thursday evening, Ebri said he was pulling out after due consultations with families, friends and associates and pledge to support Oshiomhole in the discharge of his duties as national chairman.
Ebri said: “Following deep consultations with my family, friends, associates, party leaders and other stakeholders on the progress of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), l have reached the decision to withdraw my candidacy for the National Chairmanship of APC.
“This decision has been what l consider to be the overall interest of the party and my belief that all stakeholders must row in the same rancour free direction as we approach general elections in few months.
“I believe that those who occupy formal positions in the APC are the helmsmen of the Nigerian ship of state. What happens in the leadership of this country’s ruling party, the APC, is directly responsible for whether we can deliver on our promises to our people to provide them with a new lease of life. This was the core conviction that drove me to declaring my candidacy for this office in the first place.”