Former Plateau State Chief of Staff and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial aspirant, Francis Bot has officially announced his withdrawal from the race, collapsing his campaign structure into that of his opponent, Istifanus Gyang.

Mr. Bot officially announced his stepping down at the venue of the PDP Primaries, Langfield Park, Rayfield, Jos at about 6:30pm just before the polls commenced.

Represented by his campaign Director General, Bitrus Kaze, Mr. Bot directed his delegates to vote Mr. Gyang in his place.

He is however expected to file a written notice to the electoral committee before the end of the polls.

His withdrawal leaves ID Gyang as he is fondly called in the race with the embattled National Football Federation, Chris Giwa.