BREAKING: APC Chairman Endorses Labour Party Candidate in Key Southern State
- The APC chairman in Cross River state, Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba, has pitched his tent with the Labour Party candidate for the Yala-1 state constituency, Brian Odey
- However, the endorsement does not extend to the governorship election as Barrister Eba said he does not know any LP candidate for the seat
- Reacting, Odey said he is happy with the APC chairman's open endorsement of his political ambition though his party has a different stance
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Cross River state - The All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman in Cross River state, Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba, has reportedly endorsed the Labour Party (LP) candidate for the Yala-1 state constituency, Brian Odey, saying that they are in alliance.
Eba, according to Nigerian Tribune, said as far as he is concerned, the Obidients of the Labour Party “pursued the same goal as the APC, which was bringing the presidency to the South”.
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The APC chairman, however, said he doesn’t know any gubernatorial candidate contesting on the platform of the Labour Party in the state.
Brian Odey reacts to APC chairman's endorsement
Reacting, Odey said he is happy with the APC chairman's open endorsement of his political ambition.
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He explained that the APC does not have a candidate for the state assembly seat, noting that " it’s not a bad thing for them to endorse me."
“I am very happy for a national party like the APC to endorse me, and I want to assure the party, that Yala local government will be delivered to them," he was quoted to have said.
“I want this great party (APC) to support me with all the things I Will use and work. APC doesn’t have a candidate running for that position, so it’s not a bad thing for them to endorse me."
Labour Party reacts
Contrary to Odey's stance, the Cross River state chapter of the Labour Party condemned the alliance between APC and their candidate.
The LP's spokesman in the state, Lekan Ofem, warned that their gubernatorial candidate, Ogar Osim, is very much in the race and that the alliance with the APC should be disregarded.
“The endorsement of Labour Party candidate for Yala-1 has no affiliation with Labour Party Cross River state structure, and LP Cross River state disassociates itself from the arrangement,” Ofem warned.
March 11 elections: Labour Party sends message to candidates, Nigerian youths
Meanwhile, ahead of the governorship and House of Assembly elections scheduled for March 11, the Labour Party has called on its candidates and supporters to get a resounding victory for the party across board.
Valentine Ozigbo, the special adviser to the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on Technology and Strategic Alliances, made the call on Sunday, March 5, when he hosted candidates of the party in Anambra state.
In the town hall meeting held in Awka, the state capital, Ozigbo reminded the candidates of the party's achievements in the February 25, 2023, federal elections, where the Labour Party secured two of the three senatorial seats in Anambra state.