Edo poll: Idahosa set to pick APC governorship ticket as another aspirant steps down

Ernest Umakhihe, a prominent candidate in Edo State, has withdrew from the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary race for governor.

He promptly announced his endorsement of Dennis Idahosa, the youthful representative of the Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, referring to him as “the choice of the party.”

Umakhihe, a former federal Permanent Secretary from the Edo North Senatorial District, announced her withdrawal from the contest early on Saturday.

Chief Lucky Imasuen and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu had also withdrew from the race, leaving nine of the twelve qualified candidates competing.

Umakhihe said: “My dear friends, fans and supporters, I am deeply grateful to you for all the support, sacrifices, and commitment to our governorship project.

“It has been a worthwhile journey of our resolve to make a difference in the affairs of our dear Edo State. However, following my latest interaction with the party’s leadership, I will not be contesting the primaries.

“Let us give our support to Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who is the choice of the party. There are greater days ahead.”

The governorship direct primary election is ongoing across Edo State with the collation scheduled for Benin later today.

More details to follow….

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