Former Reps member withdraws from Edo gov race over son Zuwa shot dead in US

Former House of Representatives member Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma

Former member of the House of Representatives Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma has pulled out of the race for Edo governorship seat following the death of his son.

The ex-lawmaker’s 23-year-old son Osazuwa Agbonayinma aka Zuwa was killed by a gunman in Houston, Texas, USA.

Agbonayinma was reportedly the first aspirant to officially inform the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he would be contesting the primary election when he visited the state secretariat in October 2023.

Addressing his supporters and members of the party in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area on Thursday, Agbonanyinma said, “Over a year ago, I decided to give serious consideration to the calls from well-meaning Edolites at home, and in the Diaspora, on the dire need to change the political narrative in Edo State, while expressing confidence in my ability to champion the cause of moving Edo State forward.

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“So, I began consultations with my family, friends, close allies, leaders of our great party, traditional rulers, religious leaders, opinion leaders, and media influencers across Edo State and the nation on my interest to contest in the 2024 Edo governorship race.

“To the glory of God, the positive reception has been overwhelming. I am eternally grateful for the individual and collective efforts for this success.

“At the height of this success, my family suffered a very tragic development. My 23-year-old and very promising son, Osazuwa Michael Agbonayinma (Zuwa), was fatally shot and killed in Houston, Texas, USA. I have just returned from the United States after my son was buried. This is a very bitter experience that cannot be wished even upon an enemy.

“Presently, my family and I are highly devastated. And I am not in the right frame of mind to continue any serious political campaign at this time. After due consultations and consideration, I am suspending my gubernatorial campaign at this time. We need some quiet time to grieve and heal.”

Agbonayinma said he hoped the primary scheduled for Saturday, February 17 would offer aspirants a level-playing field.