Another candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairmanship, Jimi Agbaje, has withdrawn from the race.
Agbaje revealed his decision in a letter on published on Twitter.
According to him, he stepped down considering there were too many candidates from the South West who were in the race.
On Friday, Agbaje and others were screened for the race before Chief Bode George withdrew.
"My withdrawal letter. 8th December 2017 The Chairman PDP National Convention Planning Committee Wadata Plaza Abuja.
Withdrawal of Candidature for National Chairman of PDP
Our great party, The Peoples Democratic Party has from inception, adopted certain principles of zoning which have evenly balanced offices amongst the country's geo-political zones.In line with such zoning and other parameters I have,at different fora, expressed my strong belief that the next National Chairman of our great party should come from the South West.
I am however convinced that with 7 out of all 9 aspirants coming from the South West, this multiplicity of contenders will work to the detriment of our zone when it comes to voting. Delegates' votes split 7 ways will not produce a chairman from the South West. It therefore becomes necessary to prune our numbers down to no more than two.
With less than 24 hours to the convention, I have painfully decided to withdraw from the race hoping that others will join me in bringing down the number such that the South West can have a fighting chance of clinching the National Chairmanship of the PDP.
The support from serving & past governors, senators,members of the House of Representatives, women,youth and opinion leaders has been tremendous. While sincerely thanking them for their unflinching loyalty, I empathize with the great disappointment they must feel at this decision.
I plead that we all put the overall interest of PDP first. I pledge my support to whoever emerges as the national chairman as determined at the national convention.
Kindly take this letter as my formal notice of withdrawal from the race for National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party. It is time to Rebuild, Unite, Now!
Long live The Peoples Democratic Party! Long live The Federal Republic of Nigeria! Yours sincerely,
JIMI AGBAJE OON
National Caretaker Committee," he wrote.
Mr Agbaje's withdrawal leaves Uche Secondus, Chief Gbenga Daniel, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and Mr. Aderemi Olusegun as the candidates left to contest for the seat at the PDP convention scheduled for today