A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gbenga Olawepo-Kashim, has withdrawn from the race.

Olawepo-Hashim, made this known in a statement by his media office on Friday in Abuja where he said that certain developments made him withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race.

Olawepo-Hashim, a former aspirant on the platform of the Alliance for New Nigeria (AAN), in 2019 presidential election said he pulled out of the race after a series of consultations and reflections on current developments in the political scene.

He said he is “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.”

“My current political pursuit must now bow to our collective National interest. It is not about me but about Nigeria, ” he said .

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According to him, “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!”

The former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the decision to quit give up on the race was a tough one, but in the present circumstance, it was the best judgement to do.

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