As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deadline for the submission of the list of candidates for political parties draws closer, the Labour Party in Rivers State has elected its governorship candidate for 2023 general elections, in person of the Rivers State chairman of NLC, Comrade Beatrice Itubo.
Announcing the result in Port Harcourt, the returning officer and vice chairman of the party, South South Zone, Prince Reuben Favour said Mrs. Itubo polled 201 votes to defeat her closest opponent, Mr. Inyie Braide who garnered 71 votes. According to him, total number of delegates that attended the party’s primary election were 276.
“By the power conferred on me as the returning officer of the Labour Party gubernatorial primary election in Rivers State, Comrade Beatrice Itubo having scored the highest lawful delegates’ votes cast of 201 as against her opponent, Prince Inyie Braide who scored 71 votes, stands elected and is hereby returned as Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State for the 2023 general elections,” Favours declared. By that victory, the became the first woman in the state to emerge as governorship candidate for any political party.
In her acceptance speech shortly after the election, Comrade Beatrice Itubo promised not to let the people down, pointing out that the prosperity of Rivers people will top her priority if given the mandate as governor of the state in 2023.
The Labour Party standard bearer also vowed to tackle insecurity headlong if elected.
“I want to thank the Almighty God for making the primary election today possible and successful. I also want to thank the leadership of our great party and delegates for supporting and electing me as the party governorship candidate. I promise not to let you down. If elected governor of Rivers State in 2023, my administration will bring about prosperity to the people of Rivers State. We shall also tackle insecurity headlong. Thank you,” Itubo said.
Fielding questions from journalists shortly after the election, the Rivers State chairman of the Labour Party, Hon Eniyie Pepple debunked the claim by one Calistus Okafor that he is the national chairman of the party. He said the so-called Okafor is not a member of the party, talk less becoming the chairman. He asked Labour Party faithful to discountenance the rumour of any faction in the party, stressing that the party is one and shall remain so.
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