The coast is now clear for former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to emerge the new national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This follows the withdrawal of his rival for the position, Clement Ebri, from the race on Thursday evening.
Oshiomhole now needs the affirmation of the delegates on Saturday to emerge the national chairman of APC.
Ebri, who had vowed not to withdraw from the race, quit on Thursday night and endorsed Oshiomhole’s candidature.
Ebiri was the third chairmanship aspirant to have stepped down for Oshiomhole.
His U-turn came 24 hours after another aspirant and ex-Governor of Edo State, Senator Oserheimen Osunbor, pulled out of the race and endorsed Oshiomhole.
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Osunbor, like Ebri, had vowed to stay on till the end, declaring that President Muhammadu Buhari and governors’ endorsement for Oshiomhole won’t deter his aspiration.
Emokpare, also from Edo State, was the first national chairmanship aspirant to bow out of the race and endorse Oshiomhole.
Former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, is the chief promoter of Oshiomhole’s ambition.
President Buhari had, at a recent meeting, charged the 24 APC governors to support Oshiomhole’s candidature.
The former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will be succeeding his kinsman, John Odigie-Oyegun, whose tenure ends on June 25.
Oyegun, who was initially defiant, insisting to contest in the June 23rd convention, withdrew from the race after the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party reversed the decision to elongate the tenure of the national officers.