14th March, 2023
By Jethro Ibileke
The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) in Edo, Kelly Ogbaloi, has dismissed claim that the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi is an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The social media has been inundated with claims that the party’s candidate in the just concluded presidential election, Peter Obi who was in Benin last Saturday, in company of the party’s chairman, Julius Abure, had a meeting with Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Secretary to the State Government, Osorodion Ogie.
Ogbaloi described such claim as unfounded, baseless, mere falsehood lacking in objectivity, logic and truth, describing any such as “evil alliance”.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to a current trending news on the social media to the effect that the Presidential Candidate of our great Party, Mr Peter Obi and the National chairman, Barr Julius Abure had a meeting with Governor of Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the Secretary to the Edo state government, Barr Osarodion Ogie during the last visit of the two principal officers of our great party to Edo State, is a mere fabrication whose sole intent is to mislead the simple minded.
“Ordinarily, it is not in my nature to respond to every diatribe, especially of misguided deceit.
“However, where is the line between truth and falsehood, as well as between fact and fiction, have become so thin, it is incumbent on us, to set the records straight, lest the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Edo sinking Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), known for their penchant for half-truths, deflection of attention from truth be allowed to mislead unsuspecting reading public, particularly our teeming supporters.
“Let me state here categorically, to start with, that such meeting never held and that the Labour Party would never have any such evil alliance with political parties that have squnderded our patrimonial plenitude and place millions of Nigerians on poverty level.”
According to the Edo LP chair, “the APC and the PDP is already seeing their second defeat at the coming Saturday’s polls and therefore catching on every available straw for survival”.
He, however, described such despiration as unfortunately and too late, “as their years of misrule will ever remain indelible in the annals of our national history as a people.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, I would therefore want to reiterate here that the coming of our presidential candidate and the national chairman was meant to lend support to our candidates whom have been found to be credible and capable.
“I, therefore, urge our teeming supporters to disregard the spurious and senseless insinuation as LP will never join forces with the vandals that willfully destroyed our national plenitude and heritage.
“I therefore urge you to come out en mass this Saturday and give your unflinching support as Labour Party desires to have majority at the Edo House of Assembly,” he said.