By Sule Musa
As the race towards the final lap of the 2023 General Elections brews stronger, the PDP Governorship candidate in Nasarawa State just got additional steam as his Labour Party opponent shook hands of friendship with him yesterday. As across most states and the national level, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the Labour Party, LP, candidates were the major opposition parties in the State. Now they have merged their strengths with the hope of wielding a stronger force against the incumbent Governor.
The Labour Party candidate, Comrade Joseph Ewuga, willingly and openly stepped down for his counterpart of the People’s Democratic Party, Rt. Hon. David Emmanuel Ombugadu, during a courtesy visit by the former. This happened in the State capital, Lafia, on Wednesday, 8 March 2023, only 3 days before the Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, 11 March 2023.
Speaking of the development in a communique to the grassroot contact and mobilization team for the Labour Party, Prince Wilson Kingsley, Director of Contacts and Mobilization for the Joseph Ewuga Gubernatorial Campaign Organization, said the decision of their candidate to officially step down for Hon. David Ombugadu of the PDP was “based on intensive online and physical consultation to the best interest of our dear State, Nasarawa.”
On their part, the PDP Gubernatorial Campaign Council considers this a laudable development that is a win for the people of Nasarawa State and not for their party alone. Speaking for the Council, its Director General, Hon. Labaran Maku, said, “This alliance is not only a significant milestone for our people, but also a testament to the fact that Nasarawa State is at the precipice of a major shift towards the sustainable development and progress that we all desire and yearn for as a people, which we all know that our candidate can and will deliver for our people.” According to him, this move by the Labour Party candidate, and indeed the Party itself, represents the will and voice of the people as they desperately call out for good governance, competent leadership, people-oriented service delivery, passionate and compassionate piloting of state affairs, among others. He also thanked the Labour Party and it’s candidate for extending this hand of fellowship and reassured both the party and its supporters that neither the PDP nor its Governorship candidate, David Ombugadu, will disappoint or fail the good people of Nasarawa State when elected into office this Saturday.
TMSNews gathered that the Nasarawa State gubernatorial candidates of Action Alliance (AA), National Rescue Movement (NRM), and Allied People’s Movement (APM) also stepped down for PDP’s Hon. David Ombugadu yesterday.