Muhammed Aliyu, Kogi Chairman of the Nigeria Peoples Congress (NPC), and governorship candidate of the party, has withdrawn from the November 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
Aliyu also resigned from the party, weeks to the polls.
The governorship candidate announced his decision in a statement he made available to the News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, saying that his action was ”with immediate effect”.
Aliyu, who also said he had sent his letter of resignation to the National Chairman of the party, disclosed that the reason for his decision is to maintain the integrity he has built for 35 years while in the civil service.
He said, “Among several reasons for my decision, is my desire to continue to maintain the integrity with which I left the public service after 35 years of meritorious service as executive director.
“I discovered that the political arena is not a place where I can continue to maintain that integrity with unblemished records of service.”
He thanked the party for giving him the opportunity to serve.