On Thursday evening, Mr. Olumide Akpata, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), officially declared his intention to run for the governorship of Edo State as a candidate representing the Labour Party (LP).
Akpata, in a closed-door meeting with the party’s leadership at the state headquarters, expressed his decision to seek the highest office in the state under the LP banner, citing the party’s strong people-centric values as the reason.
He emphasized his commitment to the well-being of the state’s residents and expressed concern that the government has lost focus on their needs. Akpata pledged to bring about a change in this regard if given the opportunity to be the LP’s candidate in the upcoming election.
He said: “My interest is for the people of Edo State.
“And what I find out in politics and governance in Nigeria today is that the people have been taken out of the equation. Nobody cares about the people”
“So, when I look around, the only party I find to be people-oriented and to be interested in the lots of our people is the Labour Party. So I have come here to express my interest and to carry the people along, I will also take the party, our great Labour Party to greater heights in the event that I emerge as the candidate of the party in the primary.”
In response, Kelly Ogbaloi, the state chairman of the party, announced that the State Working Committee of the party has granted approval for Mr. Olumide Akpata’s candidacy and assured that a fair and equitable opportunity will be provided to all potential candidates.
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