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June 15, 2024

Edo 2024: Obi launches Akpata’s campaign, seeks Oba’s blessings

Why I want South-East govs to work together — Obi

By Ozioruva Aliu, BENIN CITY

THE presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday began mobilization for the September 21 governorship election in the state when he led the Edo State governorship candidate of the party, Olumide Akpata on a courtesy call to the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II to seek his blessings ahead of the election.

Obi while thanking the Oba for his fatherly role, said the nation can only be great if there is a free, fair and credible election.

He said that he believed that with the prayers of the Oba, “the party can make a headway as we begin our political campaigns ahead of the September 21 governorship election in the state.”

On his part Akpata said he was at the palace with the national leadership of the party to seek the Monarch’s blessings and to inform him that he is commencing his political campaigns.

Akpata said it would be very wrong for him to have go on with his campaign without him visiting for his blessings

He said “I believe that your prayers, Your Majesty, will go a long way in helping us as I embark on this mission of rescuing the state.

“The Labour Party is strong and vibrant to wrestle power and deliver the dividends of democracy to the 18 local government areas of the state.” He said.

Responding, the Oba of Benin, while welcoming his guests said he wished them well as they take their political campaigns through the length and breadth of the state.

He said he is apolitical and would receive and pray for all those who would visit him but added that Akpata is a name known all over the country.

Earlier, the presidential candidate of the party was received at the state’s party secretariat before embarking on a road walk through major parts of the Benin metropolis and the Campaign Office of Akpata was also commissioned along Boundary Road, in GRA.