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Ogboru didn’t step down for Ortega – LP

Posted: Apr 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Labour Party on Tuesday dismissed speculation that its governorship candidate in Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru, had stepped down for his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, O’tega Emerhor in next Saturday poll.

Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Tony Ezeagwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja 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 talk of stepping down 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.

“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.

NAN recalls 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 issue.

Ogboru debunked the claims via telephone reaction published by an online medium on Monday night, stressing: “I cannot step down for a man who can’t score 10 per cent of the votes that I can muscle in an election,” he said.

“I also have no intention of joining the APC where the only credible person there is Gen Muhammadu Buhari.

“Let the people of Delta State determine who they want to govern them.

“O’rtega is not on ground anywhere in the state. He will not get 20 per cent of the votes even if the entire state government structure is put behind him,” Ogboru added.