Edo 2024: Fresh Crisis in Labour Party As 2nd Governorship Candidate Emerges

Edo 2024: Fresh Crisis in Labour Party As 2nd Governorship Candidate Emerges

  • The crisis of the Labour Party has taken a new dimension ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state
  • The party's faction led by Lamidi Apapa, in a dramatic turn, presented Anderson Asemota as its guber candidate to represent LP in the governorship poll
  • This came barely a day after Olumide Akpata emerged as the party's authentic flagbearer for the Edo election

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the Labour Party (LP) has also unveiled its candidate for the Edo state governorship election scheduled for September 21, 2024.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the former national chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, emerged as the candidate of the LP for the Edo election.

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Edo election, Olumide Akpata, Lamidi Apapa, Julius Abure, Labour Party
Labour Party now has a second governorship candidate for Edo election. Photo credit: Barrister Julius Abure, Alhaji Lamidi Apapa
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How LP's second guber candidate emerged

The Punch reported that Apapa named Anderson Asemota the party's flagbearer while Monday Mawah was listed as Asemota’s running mate.

This was made known through a letter sighted on several social media platforms, including the WhatsApp group of the Edo state Labour Party. The letter was signed by Apapa as the acting national chairman and Saleh Lawan as the acting national secretary.

Recall that Akpata was declared winner of the Edo LP governorship primary election by the Julius Abure-led national leadership.

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

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 scheduled for September.

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However, the Apapa-led faction of the party, in a letter dated February 22, 2024, and addressed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, said the governorship candidate and his running mate emerged at a primary conducted on February 22, 2024, in Benin City.

Edo guber: Obaseki, Shaibu battle

In another development, Legit.ng 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 party held its primary on Thursday, February 22, in what looked like a popularity test between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu.

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.

Source: Legit.ng

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