Ondo 2024: NNPP governorship candidate, Israel Ayeni withdraws from race

Mr. Israel Ayeni, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) governorship candidate in the November 16 election in Ondo State, has withdrawn from the race.

Ayeni got the party’s ticket by polling 100 votes to defeat his sole rival, Prof. Ibrahim Ajagunna, at the party’s primary on April 26.

Ayeni, in his letter of withdrawal made available to journalists on Wednesday in Akure, said his withdrawal was in the interest of the party.

“ I, Ayeni, Oluwatosin Israel, a governorship candidate of the NNPP for the November 16, 2024 election in Ondo State, hereby voluntarily withdraw my candidacy from the contest.

“My withdrawal is in the best interest of our great party, the NNPP,” the letter read.

Also, Mr. Peter Olagookun, the NNPP State Chairman, who confirmed the withdrawal of the candidate, said that Ayeni willingly withdrew his candidacy to make way for the better candidacy of the party.

Olagookun, who spoke to NAN on the telephone, said there would be a substitute governorship primary for the party on Wednesday.

He said the change in the party’s candidacy would further strengthen the party’s chances of victory in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

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