No fewer than four governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Oyo State have withdrawn from the governorship race.
According to reports, the four announced their withdrawal at the party’s primary held at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Ibadan, on Sunday.
The four aspirants are: Dr. Olusola Ayandele, Joseph Tegbe, Dr. Owolabi Babalola and Niyi Akintola (SAN).
The national secretariat of the party had recently cleared seven out of the eight governorship aspirants from the state to participate in the primary.
Among the other aspirants cleared were Adebayo Adelabu, Olusola Ayandele, Joseph Tegbe, Dr. Owolabi Babalola, former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan and Chief Niyi Akintola.
The duo, Alao-Akala and Adeduntan, had through different statements announced their decision to stay away from the election.
In their remarks, Ayandele and Babalola said they were stepping down for Adelabu to emerge as the governorship candidate for the party
The duo stated that the unity of the party was paramount in their minds, urging their supporters to support Adelabu.
Tegbe, in his remarks, said that he was withdrawing from the race in the interest of the party, pledging that his supporters would support whoever emerged winner in the race.
In his case, Akintola also announced his withdrawal from the race during the voting exercise.
Akintola said he was withdrawing from the race after consultation with the Iyalode of Ibadan, Alhaja Aminat Abiodun, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He also announced his exit from partisan politics, saying the decision he made was against the wish of his family and supporters.