Mr. Olumide Akpata, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), formally declared his intention to run for governor of Edo State on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) late Thursday.
The LP is the only party that is people-oriented, so Akpata said he decided to run for the state’s top seat through it. He added that his interest is for the people of the state. Akpata was at the state headquarters of the party secretariat.
When given the chance to represent the LP in the upcoming election, he pledged to change the narrative, he lamented the fact that the interests of the people are no longer prioritized by the government.
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, the party’s state chairman, Kelly Ogbaloi, said the party’s State Working Committee had approved of his candidacy and promised a level playing field for all contenders.