One of the governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from Ile Ife in Osun State, Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi has announced his withdrawal from the governorship race of the party to pave way for the victory of Alhaji GboyegaÂ Oyetola during the primary election slated for July 19, 2018.
Ibiyemi announced at a press conference in Abuja at the weekend that the similarity of his programme to that of Oyetola, who is the current Chief of Staff to Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made him to withdraw.
According to him, he agreed to step down after the examination of his programme by the leadersÂ ofÂ APC in Osun East senatorial district, leader of his campaign team led by the former Deputy Governor of the state, Sooko Adeleke Adewoyin and theÂ campaign team of Oyetola, led by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Famurewa Ajibola.
â€œ There is no need to continue with the governorshipÂ race with the presence of OyetolaÂ that we share the same vision for Osun State,Â containing similarity in programmes, projects and attributes asÂ aspirants.Â It is better for me to support Oyetola in sustaining transformationÂ of the stateâ€™s economy started by Aregbesola and make APC stronger,â€ he said.
IbiyemiÂ describedÂ Oyetolaâ€™s experience as a member of Aregbesolaâ€™s cabinet as the best option for APC to win the gubernatorial election on September 22, 2018.
HeÂ gave the assuranceÂ to mobilise allÂ his delegates and supporters within the party across the state and particularly from Ife Federal Constitutency to vote for Oyetola during the primary election.
â€œOyetolaâ€™s ideology and strategies are similar to mine but his experience as the Chief of Staff to Aregbesola placed him in best position among all aspirants to sustain and build on the legacies of Aregbesola, particularly on infrastructures, agriculture, youths empowerment and industrial revolution,â€ he said.
Ibiyemi assured: â€œI have promised to offload details of my programme and goodwill to support Oyetola inÂ ensuring success of Oyetola during the primary election on July 19 and on September 22 governorship election. I am ready and committed toÂ useÂ my time and resources to support the victory of Oyetola inÂ recognition of his plans to use experts in all areasÂ within the party to govern Osun State,â€ he added.