One of the 12 aspirants vying for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket in Ondo State, Mr. Ife Oyedele, has stepped down for Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu just a few hours to the primaries.
The APC holds its governorship primaries on Monday.
Oyedele, who spoke to journalists after taking the decision late on Sunday in Akure, said he opted to withdraw from the race after consultations with the party’s national leadership.
He said: “I have decided to work with Mr. Governor and we are very mindful of the security situation of the state not to have bloodshed.
“We are determined to ensure that we work together to reunite the party and I want to assure you that the interest of the people of the state is more important.
“We urge all the other aspirants to support us on this quest.”
Meanwhile, the venue for the primaries has been shifted to the International Events Centre, Akure.
The exercise was initially slated to hold at the headquarters of the 18 local government areas in the state.
The state’s Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Alex Kalejaiye, said that delegates would converge at three centres in Akure for accreditation while the election would hold at the International Events Centre in the town.
“Initially, it was scheduled to hold in the local governments by but now everything would be done in Akure tomorrow,” Kalejaiye stated.