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‘Umunna’s Withdrawal From Labour Party’s Leadership Race May Haunt Him’




CHUKA Umunna ‘s decision to back out of the Labour Party’s leadership contest yesterday just a few days after throwing his hat in the ring, may come to haunt his political career in future, according to two British-Nigerian politicians.

The Streatham MP(Member of Parliament ) should not have been in the race in the first place, they both argued.

The immediate past Mayor of Lambeth Council, Councillor Adedamola Aminu, told The Guardian yesterday that Umunna, should have waited for some time before deciding to join the race earlier this week.

“He launched his ambition too early and if he makes any leadership moves in future, people will question whether he’ll do the same thing and quit , citing pressure,” he said. However, Aminu conceded that the  decision is entirely “his choice”.

Former Mayor of Enfield Council, Councillor ,Kate Anolue, also spoke with The Guardian, saying she had even spoken on TV on Monday , asking that the Shadow Business Secretary should not have joined the race to succeed Ed Miliband.

“I’m disappointed he joined, in the first place.”

Anolue noted further that Umunna shouldn’t have even listened to those urging him to join the race. Like Aminu, she too was of the view that this withdrawal may have future political repercussions for the 36-year-old.

Umunna ‘s decision to withdraw from the race came through a statement he released yesterday , saying, among others, that the  pressure  he had been getting since signifying his intention, had not been a good experience.

“As a member of the Shadow Cabinet, I am used to a level of attention which is part and parcel of the job. I witnessed the 2010 leadership election process close up and thought I would be comfortable with what it involved. However, since the night of our defeat last week, I have been subjected to the added level of pressure that comes with being a leadership candidate. I have not found it to be a comfortable experience.”

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