By Victor Ahiuma-Young
AUCHI â€”INDICATIONS haveÂ emerged that leaders and members of Action Congress, AC, in Edo State and Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the state, in particular, have endorsed the aspiration of Comrade Peter Akpatason to seek election into the senate in 2011.
At the burial of his late father, Elder Vincent Akpatason, at Uneme-Nekhua, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, last weekend, politicians from other political parties and AC faithful came from far and near, including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to honour and give support to Comrade Akpatason, the immediate past President of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG.
A member of a leading opposition party in the state, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the entire people of the local government were fully behind Comrade Akpata-son, adding that many members of the opposition will start to declare their support for Comrade Akpatason because they know he will represent the local government positively.
According to him, â€œtake it from me. As time goes on, many opposition party members like me will openly declare our support for him because we know him and we believe he will represent us well. For now, I do not want to be named. It is the respect that I have for Vanguard that made me to speak with you.â€
AC leaders was led by its state Chairman, Dr. Tony Omaghle, who came with the state Organising Secretary, Mr. Joe Erewele.
The state government representatives were led by the governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, represented by Comrade Adidi Adodo, the Commissioner for Land Survey and Housing.
At the local government level, almost all politicians of note, current and former local government chairmen, councillors and other political office holders, were fully represented.
Women groups at the local government, ward levels, and from Abuja; Afemai Youths Vanguard, market women and others, were also in attendance.