Charles Odedo, a former House of Representatives member, vying for the November 18 governorship seat in Anambra State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, has quit the race.
Announcing his withdrawal on Thursday at Nneobi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, Odedo said his decision was informed by his realisation that Senator Andy Uba was a better candidate.
He donated seven vehicles to the Idemili North/South constituency where he represented in the National Assembly as his commitment to Uba.
Odedo, who had declared his governorship ambition on July 10, said, “I have weighed the options and found out that Senator Uba is the best of all of us in the ace on the platform of the APC.
“This is the hour of truth; let us not deceive ourselves; Senator Uba has the best goodwill and capacity to win this election for our party. I’m popular in Idemili North/South, but is that enough to win a governorship election in a state that has over two million voters?
“We know we are contesting against an incumbent governor in this state, we must go with our best. With Uba against whomever, victory is assured for APC, but whether Odedo becomes governor or not, empowerment of my people must continue.”
Odedo added that the APC would need to reach a consensus on the Anambra poll before her primary election to avoid rancour.
“Therefore, I am stopping my governorship campaigns today (Thursday) to support Senator Andy Uba with all my supporters”, the former lawmaker stated.