Uche Ekwunife, a senatorial candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Anambra Central senatorial district, has denied backing Peter Obi, a presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP).
Prior to the election in February, the senator reportedly endorsed the former governor of Anambra State, according to certain media sources.
Although Ekwunife recognised Peter Obi as her older brother and leader in a statement on Sunday, they have different political aspirations.
She reaffirmed her dedication to the PDP and stressed that she would never oppose a candidate’s party.
Uche Ekwunife denied endorsement of the LP flagbearer and argued that he lacked the national support necessary to succeed in the presidential election.
The statement reads: “My purported endorsement of Peter Obi’, read, “It has come to my notice that an online blog has been circulating articles claiming that I have endorsed the presidential candidate of the LP, Mr Peter Obi, in the forthcoming February poll.
“It further attributed statements that may translate as adopting Obi as my candidate for the election.
“I also, wish to state that Peter Obi is my leader and an elder brother from Anambra Central whom I respect and hold in high esteem.
“But our political aspiration has become divergent, hence, the need for me to focus on delivering our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the vice presidential candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa, who are of the PDP.
“May I restate that I’m of the PDP and we have candidates in all the elective positions across Nigeria and I cannot at this point, work against my party or any of her candidates for whatever reasons?
“Peter Obi is no doubt, a force to reckon with in the election, but will not be able to garner the required spread that will secure a win, unlike Atiku who has everything it takes to win the election with a high margin.”