Less than 72 hours to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Convention, former Governor of Edo State, Senator Osereimhen Osunbor, a chairmanship aspirant has stepped down from the race.

He said his decision to withdraw was out of respect for President Muhammadu Buhari. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Osunbor noted that the decision became necessary “to avoid any rancour in our great party.”

“It is common knowledge that I am vying for the position of National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress at the forthcoming national convention for reasons I stated in my press release last week.

“However, after extensive discussions and consultations across the various levels in the party and amongst my family, friends and associates, I hereby issue the following statement:

“Out of respect for Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari and other frontline leaders of the party as well as the need to avoid unduly prolonging the voting exercise during the national convention.

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“In the interest of a rancour-free national convention and to ease the work of the National Convention Committee and in the overall interest of our party the All Progressives Congress.

“I have decided to withdraw from the race and also endorse Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole.

“Accordingly, I hereby withdraw my candidature”.

“I thank all those who have expressed support for my candidature but who may feel disappointed by this development. I crave the understanding of everyone,” Osunbor said in the statement.

Since the former Governor declared his intention to run for the coveted position , various critical stakeholders had met with him to step aside to create room for a hitch free convention slated for this weekend.

Osunbor's successor, Adams Oshiomhole is the anointed candidate of President Buhari and  other party leaders.

Oshiomhole still has former governor of Cross River, Clement Ebiri to contend with for the position.