Labour Party, LP, Ebonyi State Chapter has endorsed the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, of the state, Francis Nwifuru.
In a statement made available to Gatekeepers News, the LP’s State Executive Council said the decision was after consultations with the National Leadership of the Party.
The statement read, “the general public, members of the Labour Party, and the entire Obidient family in Ebonyi State should take note that the Labour Party does not have a gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 Ebonyi State Governorship election owing to protracted legal tussles.
“That consequent upon the foregoing, the State Executive Council of the Labour Party resolved with the stakeholders to adaption of Hon. Francis Ogbonne Nwifuru of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as our preferred candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election.”
LP, however, noted that “the above decision does not in any way or manner translate to collapsing of the party’s structure into APC, as Labour Party remains Independent and still operates as a distinct Political Party, save for the alliance in respect to gubernatorial candidate only.”
It added that LP’s House of Assembly candidates in the various State Constituencies remain the Labour Party candidates and should be given maximum support to that effect.
The statement read further, “The Party remains passionately committed to reclaiming our mandates in the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on the 25th of March 2023.
“That our decision to adopt Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru was not only based on his
credibility, capacity, competence, and experience but also on the principle of equity, justice, and fairness for which the Labour Party is known.
“That the State Executive Council of the Labour Party appreciates the resilience of our Party faithful so far and urges them to go out en mass come 18 March 2023 and vote for Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru as our adopted gubernatorial candidate as well our Labour Party State House of Assembly Candidates.”