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Edo 2024: Two-time LGA Chair, John Yakubu Steps Down For Ighodalo, Declares Total Support

The Oasis Reporters

January 11, 2024







Asue Ighodalo addressing PDP faithful during a local government engagement in Edo State.

insists Ighodalo best for the job


A two-time Esan North-East Local Government Council Chairman and governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), John Yakubu has stepped down from the gubernatorial race, declaring his total support for Dr. Asue Ighodalo, former Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc.



With the development, being the latest of endorsements for Asue Ighodalo, the frontline PDP aspirant is on the verge of becoming the party’s consensus candidate from Esan land.


At the weekend, the member of the House of Representatives, representing Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Marcus Onobun, and immediate past senator representing Edo Central Senatorial District, Sen. Clifford Ordia, had stepped down, collapsing their structure for Asue Ighodalo.


Also, two leading aspirants of the party, Friday Itulah and Kenneth Ahbulimen, last week, backed out of the race, declaring support for Ighodalo and citing patriotism and the interest of Esan and Edo people for their decisions.


Speaking with journalists at Igueben, the administrative headquarters of Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State, shortly after a closed-door meeting with the Edo Central PDP Special Committee, headed by the former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, the former governorship aspirant, Yakubu said he decided to step down for the interest of the party as well as the positive activities displayed by the leading governorship aspirant.



He said, “After due consultation across our top party leadership spectrum, members of my Campaign Organisation, and my teeming supporters across the three Senatorial Districts and beyond, I have decided, that for the overall interest of our party and the yearning of Edo people to continue to have the PDP at Osadebe Avenue, to lay down my gubernatorial aspiration.



“Going by the wise direction paved and shown by our party senatorial leadership so far, the body language of members of our party, and the positive activities displayed by Dr. Asue Ighodalo himself.”



He continued: “It has become very clear that he, Dr. Asue Ighodalo, stands in good position to bring about this much-needed development to us as a party and in the state.



“On this ground, I stand solidly behind Dr. Asue Ighodalo, not only as our gubernatorial candidate but in all of the activities that will ensure his victory and our victory at the polls come September 2024.”


Meanwhile, the Edo Central PDP Special Committee presided over by the national leader of the party, Chief Tom Ikimi, will on Thursday, January 11, 2024, announce its consensus aspirant.

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