June 19, 2024

Edo 2024: Group, party chairman, differ on LP governorship running mate

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By Ozioruva Aliu, BENIN CITY

A socio-political group which called itself, Equity For Justice has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify the Labour Party governorship Candidate Barrister Olumide Akpata for disrespecting the law by still parading Yusuf Kadiri (SAN) as his running mate which it said is illegal claiming that Oluyinka Faith Alufohai remained the lawful deputy governorship candidate of the party.

But the factional state chairman of the party, Kelly Ogbaloi described the group as a busy body.

A statement by president Osamir Andrew and General Secretary Osayuwa Kensington said the need for the party’s national leadership to call the gubernatorial candidate to order before he destroyed the party and reduced the chances of the party winning in the September 21st governorship election.

The statement said Akpata who is a lawyer of over 30 years experience should know the implication of going against the law “A renowned lawyer who claimed to have practised for 30 years and a former NBA president will not have regard for the rule of law as INEC on their portal on Tuesday morning still parades the female candidate Mrs Oluyinka as the running mate yet Barrister Olumide is fronting a Yusuf Kadiri SAN for the same position”

The group called on the National leadership of the party and the former Presidential Candidate Peter Obi to call the gubernatorial candidate to order because his action is confirming claims in some quarters that he could likely have been planted in the party to destroy it before the election and also criminal according to the electoral law.

They claimed that the party wanted to zone the ticket of the party to Edo Central until Akpata allegedly hijacked the process.

They claimed that the same scenario is playing out with Akpata not abiding by the party’s choice of a running mate.

Speaking to Vanguard on phone, Ogbaloi said “They are actually misleading the people because some of them have developed an unnecessary busy body, meddlesome interlopers and they don’t have to take care of what does not concern them.

“Yes it is a fact that there was a disputation on the fact that INEC hasn’t done the needful but right now, we have approached the responsible institution which is the court to authorize or instruct INEC to do what it should do so that does not translate to the fact that we have an illegal deputy governorship candidate. What we have is the authentic governorship candidate but soonest, INEC will publish the right thing agreed that at the moment, the changes have not been effected by the INEC.That will be done and while we are waiting for that, Kadiri has the right to participate in all the activities the party is doing as a deputy governorship candidate in wait.”