July 12, 2013

Anambra poll: No imposition of candidates – Labour Party

By Chris Ochayi &Vincent Ujumadu

ABUJA — THE Labour Party, LP, has promised to provide a level playing ground for all aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket in the November 16, 2013, gubernatorial poll in Anambra State.

This came on a day Anambra State chairman of African Peoples Alliance, APA, Mr. Chukwunonso Anadu, said the party would resist attempt by anybody to impose candidates on it.

National Chairman of LP, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, who said this in Abuja, assured the aspirants that  LP was a democratic party and would, therefore,  not impose any candidate on the people. He said the party’s candidate would emerge through a party primary, for which a date will be announced in a due course.

Chief Nwanyanwu, who vowed that the party will clinch the election in Anambra State, said those dropping the name of President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the election would be disappointed because the party was ready to make a difference.

The party chairman, who recently received a governorship aspirant for the election, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, and hundreds of his supporters into the party fold in Abuja, said LP will neutralise the influence of godfatherism from the state’s politics.

He said:  “We have killed godfatherism in Edo and Ondo states. So for anybody to think he can impose governor again in Anambra State, he is day dreaming. We are going to bury it in Anambra in 2014. Those banking on President Goodluck Jonathan should know that the president won’t vote; he will just provide security for the election, he believes in rule of law.”

The meeting also afforded Chief Ubah to opportunity to interact formally with members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.

He described the Chief Ubah who recently joined the party, as a philanthropist who had continued to put smiles on the faces of ordinary citizens through his kerosene-direct programme that sold the product at N50 per litre.