Costa in solidarity with the decision of Eduardo Pinheiro to decline candidacy for the PS to Porto – Última Hora

The PS secretary general expressed this Wednesday “total solidarity” with the decision of Eduardo Pinheiro to decline the invitation to run for the presidency of the Porto Chamber, now hoping that the council and federation of this party find “a victorious solution”.

António Costa

António Costa Portuguese

“I understand and express total solidarity with Eduardo Pinheiro in his decision not to accept the invitation to head the PS list to the Porto City Council,” said António Costa to Lusa news agency, after the Secretary of State for Mobility, Eduardo Pinheiro, had announced that it declined the PS’s invitation to run for the presidency of the Porto Chamber.

Eduardo Pinheiro was announced as a candidate by the PS for mayor of Porto on Tuesday, but this choice, which was fully agreed by António Costa, provoked strong opposition among the militants of the socialist council structure of Porto, which is led by deputy Tiago Barbosa Ribeiro.

To the Lusa agency, António Costa defended that Eduardo Pinheiro is “one of the best and most promising young political cadres of the PS”.

“And already with a lot of evidence, either as a mayor or as a member of the Government, which, for the good of the country, he will continue to serve”, he said, here in an allusion to the continuity of Eduardo Pinheiro in the position of Secretary of State for Mobility.

António Costa even said he was “sure that the future of Eduardo Pinheiro will be full of success”.

“It is an honor for the PS to be able to count on the strength of their militancy, loyalty and dedication,” he added.

Regarding the candidacy to be presented by the PS for the Porto Chamber, following this decision by Eduardo Pinheiro to withdraw from the municipal race, the secretary general of the Socialists referred the matter to the local structures of his party, the council and the federation.

“As for the PS’s candidacy for the Municipality of Porto, I am sure that, as is clear from the party’s statutes, the Municipal Political Commission or the District Federation will know how to find a successful solution”, he stressed.

In the statement in which he announced his removal from the race for autarchy in the second city in the country, Eduardo Pinheiro said that he “proudly received the invitation of the president of the PS Porto District Federation [Manuel Pizarro] to head a candidacy for the Municipality of Porto”.

“However, after careful reflection, today I declined the invitation that was addressed to me,” said the government official in a statement, which the Lusa agency had access to.

Despite his refusal, Eduardo Pinheiro thanked “the trust placed in him” and affirmed his “complete availability to support the party around an alternative candidacy to the current municipal power”.

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