Edo 2024: Obaseki’s deputy smells defeat as another guber aspirant withdraws, endorses Asue Ighodalo 

In a surprising turn of events, Rt. Hon. Marcus Onubun, a prominent figure in Edo politics, has officially announced his withdrawal from the Edo State governorship race. 

Onubun, a former speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly and current federal House of Representatives member, representing Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben Federal Constituency made his decision public at a gathering of the Edo Central PDP Special Committee.

During the meeting, held at Chief Tom Ikimi’s residence in Igueben, Onubun expressed his desire to increase the chances of Edo Central producing the next Governor.

He emphasized the need for the senatorial region to present its strongest candidate, and as a result, he decided to terminate his own governorship ambitions. 

In a carefully considered statement, Onubun endorsed Barr. Asue Ighodalo as the candidate he believes possesses the necessary skills, competence, capacity, and compassion to lead Edo State.

Onubun’s endorsement of Barr. Ighodalo marks the third Edo Central PDP aspirant to step down in favor of Ighodalo, a development that significantly bolsters his chances ahead of the PDP’s primaries scheduled for February 3rd. 

You would recall that, Rt. Hon. Friday Itulah and Hon. Kenneth Ahbulimen had announced their withdrawal from the race and pledged their support to Ighodalo.

In attendance were Chief Tom Ikimi; aspirants John Yakubu, Barr. Asue Ighodalo and Sen. Odia; Archbishop Okosun, Edo Central Senatorial Chairman; Dr. Ulinfoh; Hon. Joel Edionwele; the 5 PDP Edo Central LG chairmen (Clifford Inegbedion. PDP LG Chairman, Esan North East; Liberty Ogboh. PDP LG Chairman, Igueben; Andy Ikhajagbe. PDP LG Chairman, Esan West; Mathew Ebhotieme PDP LG Chairman, Esan Central; Lawrence Odiase. PDP LG Chairman, Esan South East); Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Mrs Edekor; Mrs. Philomena Ihenyen; Evan. Adekunle Oboh; Barr. Luckson Ogedegbe, Edo Central Senatorial Secretary

Barr. Asue Ighodalo, a distinguished banker, lawyer, and former chairman of Sterling Bank and Nigerian Breweries, now enjoys growing support within the party. His campaign is gaining momentum as more prominent figures rally behind his candidacy. 

Ighodalo is set to officially flag off his campaign on the 12th of January, 2024.

The development, according to many observers, has made the current deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu to be smelling defeat despite not having the support of his boss, Godwin Obaseki. 

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