Yinka Richards, the Director of Publicity and Media Strategy of Labour Party (LP), has debunked rumour making the rounds that Alhaji Usman Zaki, his party’s presidential candidate, has stepped down for his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, for the 2019 general elections.
In a press statement issued by Richards and made available to newsmen, Richards said that Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Zaki, was still much in the race, noting that the party’s flag-bearer would dazzle Nigerians in the election as he had embarked on grassroots mobilisation across the country.
He frowned at a press statement issued by some faceless politicians over the weekend, pointing out that the rumour would not deter the party’s leadership and all the candidates in various elective positions from delivering on the programmes of the party when elected.
Adding, “Our party frowns at speculations in the media over the weekend on the party’s decision to step down our aspiration to govern the country. We remain the only party which has the programmes for the development of the people of Nigeria and we are determined to win the 2019 presidential election through the support of the masses of this country.”
Richards also called on the public to disregard one Sam Nwanti who issued a statement on behalf of the party over the weekend.
The politician said that the person in question was not the party’s presidential candidate and was not authorised to issue any statement in that capacity as he remained unknown to the party and urged Nigerians to disregard Nwanti, who wanted to reap where he did not sow, who was an impersonator, a political job seeker and a fraudster.