Olumde Akpata, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, has announced his desire to run for governor of Edo State on the Labor Party’s platform in 2019.
On Thursday, Akpata stated that the Labour party is the only party that is people-oriented, which is why he chose to run for the top state seat on its platform.
He noted that the people have been removed from the political and governance process, and it is in his interest to make sure that they are the main beneficiaries in politics.
The former lawyer turned politician claimed that if given the opportunity to represent the Labour party in the upcoming election, he would alter the narrative and make sure that the populace benefited from democracy.
“My interest is for the people of Edo State,” he declared. And I discover that the people have been eliminated from politics and government in Nigeria today. Nobody is concerned with the people.
“So, when I look around, I only see the Labour Party to be people-oriented and interested in the majority of our people. I’ve therefore come here to declare my interest in running for governor and to lead the populace.
If Akpata won the LP primary and became the party’s nominee, he vowed to elevate the Labour Party.
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.