Emeka Ihedioha, a former governor of Imo State, has quit the governorship race by withdrawing his participation in the primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In a letter to the PDP National Chairman, dated March 27, 2023 , the former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, cited personal sacrifice and for “a consensus candidate” of the party, as reasons for his withdrawal from the contest.
He was screened and cleared to participate last week by the PDP to contest the party’s primary scheduled to hold on April 14.
The full letter reads:
“As I turned 58 years last Friday March 24, I had cause to reflect on so many things, including the state of the people’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“Having been a member since formation in 1998, I align myself with the request made by our state chapter to the national working committee (NWC) for a consensus choice of candidate regarding the 2023 governship primaries in the interest of harmony and unity of the party. I have elected to make the personal sacrifice of withdrawing from further participation in the processes leading to the emergence of the gubernatorial candidate.
“This decision was not taken lightly. My commitment to the service of our people has never been in doubt, and am sure many of those who have on their own, already started mobilizing for me in Imo state will be disappointed. I sincerely seek their understanding and that of associates, admirers and particularly electorate who have over the years aligned themself and identified with my political aspirations.
“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to have served my various constituency both as a legislator and a governor. I am also proud of the positive impacts I made, particularly in the seven months I served as the governor of Imo state.
Thank you and God bless
Emeka Ihedioha, CON