Nigerian singer, Martins Okechukwu Justice, popularly known by his stage name J. Martins, has said he reached the decision to withdraw his intention to run for a House of Representatives seat after a meeting with his ‘political godfather”.
Martins, who planned to contest the Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency of Abia State, announced his withdrawal in a social media post, where he noted that joining the race came as a response to the pressure from his constituents amongst other.
His words: “My interest to contest for the position of the Federal House of Representative was sequel to pressure on me from my constituents (Arochukwu/Ohafia Constituency) political associates, friends, and other well-meaning great Ohafia men and women, who felt I possess the necessary qualifications for the job.
“After much consultation with all the stakeholders from my Constituents, party leaders, and my political GodFather who I had an audience with as a follow up to the one I earlier had with him. Having also consulted widely with my family, supporters, and well-wishers, I have been asked to step down and work in the interest of my people and the party so that we all can achieve the common goal which is a better representation than what we used to have.
“It is agreed that this time is for an Ohafia extraction ( male or female ) at the Federal House Of Representative and I stand to support this decision and as an Ohafia son and also a proud son of the rising sun from the #east# It is my pleasure to announce the withdrawal of my interest and earlier decision to contest the position of the Federal House Of Representative of Ohafia/Arochukwu.
“I took this momentous decision firstly in the overall interest of the great people of Ohafia and I will hereby wish to support the best possible candidate.
“As a result of this, I will not be participating in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary.
“I have since communicated this decision to my political GodFather, stakeholders, including all the unions, our Fathers, our Mothers, my fellow Great Youths men and women of Ohafia Ukwu both home and abroad.
“My constituents, political friends, and well-wishers across the board are by this statement informed of this recent decision, which also has the blessing and support of the overwhelming majority, hence supersedes any other interest, personal or otherwise. Thank you all and may God Almighty continue to bless you.”
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