One of the frontline contenders for the position of national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George has withdrawn from the race.
George announced his decision to step down at a press conference in Abuja on Friday night.
While stating that he did not withdrawal for any candidate, George said it was wrong for the party not to have zoned the office of the national chairman.
He said he was withdrawing from the race on a matter of principle, saying it was wrong for the party not to have micro-zone the office of the national chairman.
He also blasted Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, for abusing the Yoruba people on a national television, when he said the South West has never contributed anything meaningful to the success of the PDP.
Wike is routing for Uche Secondus, one of the eight aspirants left in the race.
Apart from Secondus, others seeking to lead the party are Tunde Adeniran, Taoheed Adedoja, Raymond Dokpesi, Rashidi Ladoja, Gbenga Daniel, Jimi Agbaje and Aderemi Olusegun.
Earlier, the screening committee chaired by Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the PDP in the 2016 governorship election in Edo, had cleared George for the convention scheduled for Eagle Square, Abuja.
In 2001, George was PDP’s national vice-chairman in the south-west zone.
Later he became party’s deputy national chairman, south, and then the national deputy chairman.