With less than two weeks to the Edo State governorship election, the candidate of the Action Alliance, Ishaka Ofomile, and his counterpart in the Advanced Congress of Democrats, Andrew Igwemoh, have announced their withdrawal from the poll.
The two candidates, who disclosed this on Monday during a Peoples Democratic Party campaign rally in Okpella, Etsako-East Local Government Area, also pledged their support for the PDP governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Their endorsements came three days after some palace chiefs, including the Eson of Benin Kingdom, Chief Amos Osunbor, and the Odeobawu of Benin, Chief Douglas Usoh, endorsed the PDP candidate, following a meeting held by a socio-cultural group, Nedoghama Nedo.
KOWA Party’s candidate, Thompson Osadolor, had earlier pledged support for Ize-Iyamu and withdrawn from the election before he (Osadolor) was dismissed by his party.
The candidate of the People for Democratic Change, Bishop Akharame, had also stepped down for Ize-Iyamu, reducing the number of the candidates in the race to 15.
The two candidates explained that their decision to endorse Ize-Iyamu was based on their conviction that the PDP candidate was fully prepared for the exalted office.
The ACD candidate, who noted that Ize-Iyamu offered the best hope for the state, added that the parties were supporting the PDP candidate in order to take the state to the next level.
Igwemoh said, “We have collapsed our structure and are now working for a team that can take Edo State to the next level.”
On his part, Ize-Iyamu decried the alleged abandonment of the community, which he said was blessed with natural resources.
He, therefore, urged voters in the area to express their feelings with their permanent voter cards at the poll.
Ize-Iyamu added, “I want to assure you that we will not disappoint you. We will harness the huge mineral resources in Okpella.
“They have punished you for too long and you must punish them for abandoning you.”