Frontline Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential hopeful, Peter Obi has withdrawn his candidacy from the race. Obi, who ran alongside former vice president Abubakar Atiku in the 2019 general election, also announced his resignation from the party.
Mr Obi’s resignation letter was dated May 24, 2022, although the effective date was May 20, 2022, two days before his highly publicized meeting with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson in London.
FedredsNews cannot confirm if there was any link between his withdrawal from the race and the London meeting two days after.
In the letter which was posted on his verified twitter handle, Obi blamed “recent developments” within the party for his decision.
He was, until his resignation, one of the 15 aspirants vying for the presidential ticket of the PDP.
The letter said: “I am writing to intimate you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was conveyed to the Chairman of Agulu Ward 2. Anaocha LGA
“Anambra, effective Friday 20 May, 2022. Consequently, am by this letter informing you of my withdrawal for the PDP Presidential Primaries.
“It has been a great honour to contribute to nation-building efforts through our party. Unfortunately, recent developments within our party make it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions.
“Our national challenges are deep-seated and require that we each make profound sacrifices towards rescuing our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm, even if the route differs.
“I wish to thank you personally for your graciousness and leadership. I wish you well and best of luck in the service of country.“