Former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Olumde Akpata, has declared his intention to contest for the Edo State governorship seat on the platform of the Labour Party next year.
Akpata on Thursday said he decided to aspire for the number one seat of the state on the platform of the LP because it is the only party that is people-oriented.
He said that his interest is to ensure that the people become the major beneficiaries in politics, noting the people have been taken out of the equation in governance and politics.
The lawyer-turned-politician said that if allowed to fly the flag of LP in the forthcoming election, he would change the narrative and ensure that the people enjoy the benefit of democracy.
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. No one 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 to contest for the position of the governor and to carry the people along.”
Akpata promised to take the Labour Party to greater heights if he emerged as the candidate of LP in the primary.
In his response, state chairman of the party, Kelly Ogbaloi, said the State Working Committee of the party has agreed to allow him to run, promising a level playing ground for all aspirants.
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