Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, has congratulated a former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Barr. Olumide Akpata on his emergence as the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the governorship election in Edo State, slated for September 21, 2024.

Barr. Akpata emerged winner of the LP governorship primary election which held on Friday, February 23, 2024, in Benin, capital of Edo State, after scoring 316 votes to beat other aspirants.

He was declared winner by the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Engr. Ikechukwu Emetu, who chaired the election committee, chief press secretary to the Governor, Kazie Uko said in a statement.

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Governor Otti also congratulated the LP’s Governorship Primary Election Committee for conducting a credible and transparent election.


He particularly commended his Deputy, Engr. Emetu, for dutifully performing his role as the Returning Officer.

The Governor expressed gladness that the primary election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace and has been adjudged as free, fair and credible by majority of the aspirants who participated, a remarkable departure from stories coming from the camps of other political parties.

While describing the entire process as being in consonance with the philosophy of LP, which is equity, fairness and justice, the Abia State Governor equally congratulated the other aspirants for exhibiting the spirit of sportsmanship and called on them to support Akpata in the journey to claim Edo State for Labour Party.

“Now that the primaries are over, I call on all the aspirants, and indeed our party members in Edo State, to rally behind our candidate as we embark on the journey to take over the Government House in Benin,” Governor Otti appealed.

Finally, he commended the leadership of the party at both State and National levels for working hard to ensure a peaceful electioneering process.



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