An aspirant in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary poll for Edo state governorship election, Mr Kenneth Imasuagbon, has withdrawn from the race.
Imasuagbon announced he was stepping down on Thursday just as the primary election was about to commence in Benin, the state capital.
He was the only opponent of Mr Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, who is believed to have the support of the party’s hierarchy in his reelection bid.
Imasuagbon, who has been a governorship aspirant in Edo on at least five occasions, stepped down for Obaseki after he was pressured by the leaders of the party.
He had earlier told reporters on Thursday that some of the leaders have “pleaded” with him to step down for Obaseki, but that he was still consulting with his supporters.
If he is nominated as PDP candidate, Obaseki will be contesting the governorship election against Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, APC candidate, in what is considered a rematch of old foes as both were the frontline candidates in the 2016 election.