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Ahead of the Saturday gubernatorial and state assembly elections in Ebonyi State, the Labour Party in the state has announced the endorsement of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru.
The Eastern Updates reports that Nwifuru is the anointed candidate of the incumbent outgoing governor of the state, Dave Umahi who is expected to leave office in May 2023.
In a communique issued by the Ebonyi State Labour Party chairman, Godwin Jioke, the party explained that it does not have any candidate in the governorship race owing to ‘protracted legal tussles.’
The party called on its supporters and all Obidients across the state to come out en masse and vote for the APC candidate on Saturday.
It, however, noted that the decision does not in any way translate to collapsing of its structure into the ruling party.
In a related development, former Senate president and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Anyim Pius Anyim has endorsed Nwifuru as his preferred candidate for Saturday’s gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
Anyim spoke in his country home, Amagu Ishiagu in Ivo local government area at a town hall meeting organised by Governor David Umahi.
Senator Anyim who was former secretary to the government of the federation said he believes in equity, fairness, justice, and zoning, adding that based on the zoning arrangement in the state, it is the turn of Ebonyi North senatorial zone.
The excited Anyim during the media interaction was flanked by the PDP House of Representatives candidate for Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency, Hon Livinus Makwe and the deputy governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Chief Ajah Nwabueze.
It would be recalled that the Ebonyi State commissioner for information and state orientation, Barr Uchenna Orji had few days ago in a press conference commended the former senate president and other leaders of PDP and Labour Party for supporting the zoning formula of the state and the governorship candidate of the APC, Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru.