Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, an aspirant in the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), has bowed out of the 2023 presidential contest.
Gbenga said his decision emanated from a series of consultations and reflections on current developments in the political scene,
In a statement by his media office in Abuja on Friday, Olawepo-Hashim explained: “Certain developments have necessitated my withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race, as a result of which I did not pick the nomination form.
“Retreating not out of the lack of will to fight for our resolve and collective aspiration for a New Nigeria, a struggle which has attracted enormous support. Sometimes WILL and RESOLVE, Energy and Preparation may not be enough to engage in an encounter.”
He maintained his aspiration “is not an ambition but a historic burden, as a team player.
“My current political pursuit must now bow to our collective National interest. It is not about me but about Nigeria,”
“I stepped aside believing that another day will come. I hope our party will still be able to find a candidate for the 2023 election that will unite and secure our country.
One that will lead an inclusive government, and build a prosperous economy that will not leave anyone behind. I leave the race believing that by the Grace of God my own day will come.”
“It is a tough decision for me but in the present circumstance it is the best thing in my judgement to do.”