The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has given insight into why he failed to meet with the party’s Rivers State governorship candidate in the 2023 general election, Mrs Beatrice Itubo.
Obi had on Thursday visited Rivers State on invitation by the state’s governor, Nyesom Wike, to inaugurate the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover in Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
While his stay and activities in Port Harcourt lasted, Obi did not meet with the governorship candidate of his party, LP, who is nursing an injury on her leg following an accident.
Explaining why he did not visit the hurting Governorship hopeful, Obi attributed the cause to ‘inadvertent oversight’ and lack of information on the state of the candidate’s health status.
The LP presidential candidate made this known on Saturday in a series of tweet on his verified handle.
He tweeted, “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 Port Harcourt, 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 I did at about 6:30 pm.
“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.”