The Labour Party governorship candidate in Rivers State, Comrade Beatrice Itubo has vowed never to step down for anyone ahead of the 2023 governorship election in the state.
Itubo was reacting to the comments credited to the Presidential candidate of the Labour party, Peter Obi as saying that the party will negotiate with the Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike to support his presidential ambition while the LP in turn supports the Peoples Democratic Party in the Rivers guber election.
Dismissing Obi’s comments as a mere political statement, she said nobody can force her to step down for any candidate.
According to her, “my presidential candidate made a political statement. He didn’t make any serious a statement. I bought my form, Peter Obi bought his form, other candidates bought their forms and so I don’t think that Peter Obi will go and negotiate my position for me neither will I go an negotiate with somebody else for Peter Obi.
“Let me tell you; I have a principle, I didn’t come on my own to contest. Some people know how a lot of things have been going wrong in this state, these same people contributed money and gave me to go and pick a form. At the end of that, somebody will come and tell me to go a negotiate.
“I have filled and submitted my forms. Of course, the new Electoral Act says I must be the one who will write and swear an affidavit and say I’m no longer going and nobody, not even at gunpoint and of course if you try to force me they will not like what will happen.
“I am a woman but I’m not just an ordinary woman. I’m a woman who knows her right and I know exactly how to place my priorities.
“For someone to come and force it down my throat that I must step down, it’s impossible.”