The Labour Party in Enugu State, yesterday, said it was not worried about the endorsement of a particular candidate by traditional rulers in the state for the coming general elections.
There have been rash of presentations of Ofo (traditional symbol of authority) on the governorship candidate by monarchs, especially from Enugu East and West Senatorial zones of the state.
But responding to the development, State Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Ibuchukwu Ezike, stated that the attitude of the monarchs was driven by other motives than the overall good of the people.
Lamenting that it was abnormal for traditional rulers, who should be “apolitical and father of all,” to descend to the ring,” Ezike noted they lack the ability to convince their subjects on whom they should vote for on election day.
He said: “Let me say without fear or favour or contradiction that the Labour Party is not worried by the endorsement of candidates either by traditional rulers, Church leaders, leaders of professional organisations or any other group.
“What will worry us is the support of candidates of other parties by the Nigerian citizens, who have acquired their voter cards and are, therefore, qualified to cast their votes for candidates of their choice in 2023.
“Labour Party is not worried by the endorsement of people who may not have electoral value or that may not even vote in 2023. How many of the traditional rulers can convince their people to vote against their wish for candidates of political parties that have kept them in this hungry and beggarly conditions for 23 years; they would not vote for politicians that have killed education and kept children out of schools for over two years, whereas their children are in best schools in developed nations. Nigerians would not vote for politicians who have made their roads, whether rural, state or federal, death traps, and who have turned their wives to prostitutes against their will to put food on the table for their families. They would not vote for politicians and political parties that have refused, despite enormous wealth of the country, to provide jobs for them and their children.”