Senator Ajayi Boroffice (APC-Ondo North) has withdrawn from the race to become the Deputy Senate President of the Ninth Assembly.
The senator made this known in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Kayode Fakuyi, and made available to reporters on Monday in Abuja.
The statement stated that “in deference to President Muhammadu Buhari”, Senator Borofice steps down for another contender for the position.
The statement read, “Some weeks ago, Distinguished Senator (Prof.) Robert Ajayi Boroffice, OON declared intention, through letters addressed to Senators-elect, to seek the office of Deputy Senate President. The intention to contest was anchored on the deep conviction that with his excellent public service record, rich legislative experience and personality, he has the best credentials for the position.
“Consequently, he embarked on extensive consultations with party leaders, senators-elect and political groups. Indeed, everybody that was consulted agreed that he is eminently qualified to seek the office of Deputy Senate President.
“Instructively, majority Senators-elect have assured the senator of their support and the prospect of victory is high.
“However, in deference to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice has decided to withdraw from the race.
“For the support and solidarity, Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice is grateful to Senators-elect. He is humbled by the warm embrace and great display of camaraderie.
“We appreciate the people of Ondo North senatorial district and our friends across the country for the prayers, support and goodwill messages.
“For the far-reaching endorsements, steadfastness and unflinching support, gratitude goes to all concerned political groups across the country especially, the APC Young Stakeholders group, the Women for Buhari and Osinbajo group, and the Ondo APC Youth League.”
It was gathered that the decision was rectified last night at the caucus meeting of All Progressives Congress, APC, Senators-elect.
Meanwhile, the stepping down of Borofice has reduced the number of aspirants jostling for the Deputy Senate President’s position.
Senators Orji Uzor Kalu, Kabiru Gaya, Francis Alimikhena and Ovie Omo-Agege have shown interest in becoming the Deputy Senate President of the ninth Senate.