C’River 2015: LP Candidate withdraws, backs PDP candidate

By Post Nigeria December 31, 2014 18:29

C’River 2015: LP Candidate withdraws, backs PDP candidate

There seems to be pandemonium in the Labour Party, LP, in Cross River State over reports that Godwin Jedy Agba, widely touted as its governorship candidate for the 2015 general election, has pulled out of the race and decided to give his support to the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Professor Ben Ayade.

Reports of Agba’s withdrawal from the governorship race which filtered into the state early Tuesday in the form of an advertorial in a national newspaper, and some online news sites, indicated that Agba who withdrew from the governorship primaries of the PDP hours before it began on December 8, might not have cross-carpeted from PDP to LP as it quoted him as saying he remains a loyal member of the PDP.

In the publication announcing his withdrawal tagged: ‘Press statement on the Cross River State gubernatorial elections,’ Agba was quoted as stating thus:

“Having weighed all the variables, and in the light of the appeal by our national leader, presidential candidate and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan, against defection to other parties on account of dissatisfaction with the conduct of the party primaries; and, more recently, following the grave concerns and medical advice of my doctors, I have had to come to another painful decision.

“After due consideration and cognisant of the imperative to subsume my personal ambition in the greater interest of our party, the PDP, in Cross River State, I have reached the following decisions:

“I shall not contest the 2015 gubernatorial election on an alternative platform; I shall work within the ambit of our party to ensure that the PDP retains control of Cross River State at all levels.

“I shall work fully with our party’s candidate, Senator Ben Ayade to ensure his victory in the gubernatorial election; I shall give my all to ensure that President Jonathan not only wins overwhelmingly in Cross River State, but that he wins the presidential election with an even wider margin than he did in 2011.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I remain a loyal member of the PDP. I therefore appeal to my teeming supporters to remain loyal and work for the victory of our party at the forthcoming general elections. Cross River State is our home, a collective patrimony. We should not see this as a letdown, but rather focus on the larger picture and perceive it correctly as a collective sacrifice for the greater good of Cross River State.”

Members of LP who spoke to the media denied any knowledge of his withdrawal, even though the state chairman of LP, Mr. Austine Ibok, said though he had heard the news of Agba’s withdrawal, he cannot say anything categorical about it because neither he nor the party had been informed officially.

Ibok said the situation was confusing because nobody had heard any word from Agba about his purported withdrawal from the governorship race.