BREAKING: Ex-NBA Chairman, Akpata, Emerges LP Gov Candidate in Edo

BREAKING: Ex-NBA Chairman, Akpata, Emerges LP Gov Candidate in Edo

  • Olumide Akpata, the former national chairman of the NBA, has been declared the winner of the Labour Party governorship primary in Edo state
  • Akpata's emergence came shortly after the APC declared Monday Okpebholo as its candidate, and the PDP produced two candidates barely 24 hours ago
  • The Labour Party candidate had earlier denied the allegation that he was being sponsored by PDP Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo

Benin, Edo - Former national chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olumide Akpata has been declared winner of the Edo Labour Party (LP) Governorship primary election.

The deputy governor of Abia state, Ikechukwu Emetu, the chairman of the Edo Labour Party poll, made the declaration after collating the results, The Punch reported.

Olumide Akpata is now the Edo Labour Part governorship candidate/Who is Olumide Akpata/Edo 2024
How Olumide Akpata became the Labour Party candidate in Edo Photo Credit: Lauretta Onochie, Getty Images
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Akpata's emergence came shortly after the All Progressives Congress (APC) produced its candidate in a rerun primary and barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) produced two candidates for the election that was scheduled for September.

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While the APC declared Senator Monday Okpebholo as its candidate in a rerun election, the PDP have the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, who emerged in a parallel primary and Asue Ighodalo, the preferred candidate of Governor Godwin Obaseki, emerged in another primary.

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Akpata had in December 2023 explained that Governor Obaseki is not sponsoring his ambition.

He said there was no truth that Obaseki would back him if his preferred candidate in the Peoples Democratic Party lost the ticket.

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Akpata also said that those alleging that he was attempting to buy the LP ticket with cash were displaying immaturity.

He spoke to journalists in Benin when he appeared as the Special Guest on the award day of the 2023 Press Week of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

Edo guber: Obaseki, Shaibu battle earlier reported the face-off between the camps of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, ahead of the PDP governorship primary election in Edo.

The PDP and the APC are set to renew their rivalry in the state as they battle other political parties to produce Obaseki's successor.


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