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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has withdrawn his membership in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Zoning Committee.

Fayose disclosed this in a letter dated April 5 and addressed to the Chairman of the committee, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, obtained by the media on Tuesday in Abuja.

Fayose, in the letter, cited his ambition to run for the presidential election in 2023 as the reason for his withdrawal.

“I write to formally appreciate the party and all members of this committee.

“I thank you all for your statesmanship, selflessness and sense of patriotism to our party and by extension our nation in the way you have all handled and comported yourselves so far in deliberations regarding this delicate and sensitive issue/assignment, the zoning of public offices, particularly that of the President.

“I pray the outcome will bring understanding, peace and stability to our party and our country at large.

“Having hinted during our last meeting of my intention to run for the office of the President in the coming primary election and by God’s grace; the general election, it will not be morally right to continue to participate in the zoning debate being an aspirant myself,” he said.

He added that his state had nominated Dr Gbenga Faseluka to replace him.