An aspirant in the ruling All Progressive Congress, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has dump his 2023 presidential bid stating that it is not his time yet.
He made the announcement of his withdrawal on Friday stating that he had consulted with stakeholders in the political scene.
The business mogul stated this through his media team maintaining that his decision to contest was to deliver the best policies for the country.
He wished the APC wel and hoped that they will present a capable presidential candidate.
He however said, “certain developments have necessitated my withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race, as a result of which I did not pick the nomination form.”
According to him, he was “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”, the activist.
Olawepo-Hashim, also a presidential candidate of the Trust Party in the 2019 election maintained that his aspiration “is not an ambition but a historic burden, as a team player.”
He said, “My current political pursuit must now bow to our collective National interest. It is not about me but about Nigeria.
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“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!”
He expressed gratitude to those who have connected with his messages and those who have offered support and prayers, assuring that pausing his Presidential run is not quitting the struggle for a better Nigeria, “a struggle I have committed myself to the better part of my adult life.”
“It is a tough decision for me, but in the present circumstance it is the best thing in my judgement to do”, he said.