Candidate of the United Peoples’ Congress (UPC) in the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State, Sunday Abuh, has contradicted claims by the party chairman that he (Abuh) had stepped down from the race and endorsed Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Moses Damisa, UPC Chairman in Kogi, had told newsmen on Friday that Abuh had stepped down for Gov Bello, adding that the party’s structure had been collapsed into Bello’s structures.

Damisa urged UPC supporters to vote for Bello, hinging his stance on allegations that Abuh was “not carrying the party along in his campaigns ahead of the election.”

However, Abuh on Saturday denied stepping down from the race, describing the said press conference as illegal. He added that the chairman’s declaration was solely his personal opinion

In a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Lokoja, said that the purported collapse of UPC structure into the APC was “a figment of Damisa’s imagination.”

“The chairman is on his own; the national and state leadership, as well as members of the party, are not aware of his claims.

“I remain the standard bearer of UPC; all my documents and approvals are intact with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“UPC members should disregard Damisa’s statement. We are in the race and shall, by the grace of God win the election.

“Inasmuch as I will not like to join issues with Damisa, I want the world to know that the evolution and emergence of UPC among the parties contesting election in Kogi was through my efforts, financially and otherwise,” he declared.



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