Peter Obi apologises for not visiting sick Rivers LP guber candidate
The presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has apologised for failing to visit the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State, Mrs Beatrice Itubo, who is reportedly ill, during his recent visit to the state.
Obi was in the state on Thursday to inaugurate the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover in Port Harcourt.
During the visit, Governor Nyesom Wike promised to support the LP presidential candidate’s campaign in Rivers with “logistics”.
In return, Obi appealed to Wike to support his presidential ambition while in return, his party members and supporters in the state would vote for the PDP governorship candidate, Siminalaye Fubara.
His comment generated controversy on social media, with many netizens describing it as a slight on the LP gubernatorial candidate in the state, who is reportedly ill.
In a statement, Obi apologised to Itubo for failing to visit her during his trip to the state.
“My sincere apologies to Mrs Beatrice Itubo, the Labour Party candidate in Rivers State for an inadvertent oversight.
“When I visited Port Harcourt a few days back, I was not informed or aware of her sickness.
“On arrival in PH, I was welcomed by the Labour Party Presidential State Coordinator in Rivers State and other Party stakeholders.
“We had a useful meeting and I explained to them the purpose of my visit, which was to respectfully honour an invitation by the Rivers State Government and that I will return for our party’s rally and other LP engagements soon.
“No one mentioned that our candidate was sick, otherwise I would have visited her before or after the event.
“I had committed to passing through the campaign office no matter how late, and that I did at about 6.30pm.
“My dear sister, I sincerely wish you a very quick recovery and reassure you of our good working relationship. May God Almighty bless you always,” Obi said.