By Chesa Chesa
The Labour Party (LP) has described as false and unsubstantiated the news making the rounds that its Bayelsa State chapter has ditched its governorship candidate in the November 11, election, Engr. Udengs Eradiri and has declared its support for the State Governor, Douye Diri.
The LP also frowned at a statement issued by some unauthorized party leaders without the consent of the State Chairman and Secretary who supposedly withheld their individual support for the party’s candidate.
A statement issued by the party’s spokesman, Obiora Ifoh, on Thursday further noted a statement by the chairman of the Forum of Labour Party Local Government Chairmen as well as the interview granted by the LP candidate with a national television.
The statement argued that all these issues are clearly a “manifestation of political intrigues and clearly an attempt by the opposition elements to frustrate our chances at achieving victory at the polls”.
It stated that a preliminary investigation on the allegation of financial compromise by the state chapter clearly showed that the alarm was false and had remained one of the age-long tools often deployed by political opponents to achieve dubious edge over candidates who are the favourites of the people.
Ifoh said: “We need to however state categorically that no party official from the national headquarters has entered into any deal with the Bayelsa State governor to compromise the election.
“We are in this race to win and we are sure that no amount of dirty politicking can stop the Labour Party and its candidate, a former President of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC from winning the election. Comrade Eradiri is young, popular, experienced and with track record of performance at the highest level. His zeal to change the socio economic status of Bayelsa is unimaginable and unprecedented.
“We therefore believe that the unfounded rumour is being orchestrated by our political opponents. We also use this opportunity to call on our candidate, Eradiri to be focused and not to be distracted from the goals before him. He must ensure that the entire party structure is put into maximal use to achieve the needed success.
“Finally, we urge Bayelsa people to disregard the rumour and support the party as they have always done in time past, particularly, in the recently concluded presidential election where the state voted for Labour Party massively.
“They must file out and vote for the Labour Party and vote out these personalities who have held the state down since inception of this democracy.”