Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The Labour Party on Tuesday
dismissed speculation that its governorship candidate in Delta, Chief Great
Ogboru, had stepped down for his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Mr
Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Tony Ezeagwu, made
this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Ezeagwu told NAN that neither the party nor its
candidate was contemplating any ‘’understanding’’ with or stepping down for the
APC candidate, saying that it was truly a speculation and a rumour.
According to him, the stepping down issue is a rumour being orchestrated
by Emerhor and a section of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU).
"It is the APC candidate, O’tega, that is championing the
issue and causing some agents to spread the rumour.
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"Our candidate has not and will not step down for anybody.
We are seriously going round the state on campaign and the election on April 11
is our focus.
"I will advise the APC and O’tega to focus on their own
campaign and not allow anyone or group to delude them that Ogboru has stepped
down or will step down for them,’’ he said.
It is reported that the UPU had raised a
six-member committee headed by Chief Godwin Ogbetuo to adopt a single
candidate out of Ogboru and Emerhor.
The move was aimed at actualising the wish of the union to
produce a governor from the ethnic group at Saturday's governorship
polls and use it as tonic for total reconciliation of its crisis.
On Monday, speculation was rife that Ogboru had stepped down
for Emerhor following an understanding between both candidates and their
parties at the instance of the committee.
It was, however, gathered that the committee had not fully
completed its job and was yet to make contact with Ogboru on the