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Why Labour Party presidential candidate-impostor, Ezenwafor, ‘withdrew’

Mr. Peter Obi

Jude Ezenwafor, who passed himself off as a factional Labour Party presidential candidate has beaten a hasty retreat and announced that he has withdrawn from “the forthcoming Presidential Election in 2023.”

Ezenwafor, a former aide of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)-recognised presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, when Obi was Governor of Anambra State, had been pronounced factional presidential candidate of the Labour Party at a primary purportedly held in Abuja.

But hours after the announcement, Ezenwafor, also a former Senior Special Assistant to former Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State released a “letter of withdrawal,” addressed to the National Chairman of Labour Party, copied to INEC, regretting any inconvenience his withdrawal might cost the party.

His action followed emergence of facts that the faction that threw him up, parading one Calistus Okafor as Acting National Chairman is not recognised by INEC and that Mr. Obi’s Labour Party is the authentic, INEC-recognised party.

There had also been a barrage of condemnations for the lone wolf who many said was an agent of reactionary forces in the country out to throw spanners in the works of the Obi campaign which is rapidly gaining traction across the country.

Some of his accusers said that Ezenwafor had been bought “by some of the contrary forces in the country to distract Obi and his teeming supporters” while others said that he was an attention seeker who wanted to be appeased monetarily or through promises of position or patronage.

The pressures of public opinion, the fact that INEC had disowned his faction and the fact that he was on a trail that leads to nowhere, among others, forced him to abandon his bad gamble.




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