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July 11, 2024

Olumide Akpata: Lawyer-turned politician eyes Edo governorship with ambitious agenda

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Olumide Akpata

On Saturday, September 21, the people of Edo State will elect a new governor as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, conducts the state’s off-cycle governorship poll.

The election in the state has drawn the attention of political enthusiasts and citizens eager to witness a fresh democratic dispensation, signaling the end of Obaseki’s eight-year reign.

As the spotlight intensifies, Vanguard looks at Labour Party’s candidate — Olumide Osaigbovo Akpata.

A prominent corporate lawyer and former national chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Olumide Akpata emerged as the flag bearer of the Labour Party with 316 votes, beating off other aspirants. 

Education

Akpata obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Benin, Edo State, in 1992. He subsequently attended the Nigerian Law School, and was called to the bar on December 15, 1993.

Following years of active practice, Akpata, in 2023, announced his decision to participate in politics and subsequently resigned from his position as senior partner and Head of the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group of Templars.

The 51-year-old from Edo South is seen as a candidate who brings a renewed sense of optimism and promise, which seem to strike a chord with the electorate.

Manifesto
Akpata’s campaign manifesto details extensive plans for revitalising the economy, developing infrastructure, improving education and healthcare, and enhancing social welfare.

One of his visions is to revitalize the educational system in Edo, which he describes as a “deplorable state and a disaster.”

“The education curriculum should also be reviewed so that technology will become a major part of it. Any child not taught technology in today’s world will become a functional illiterate,” Akpata said during a visit to Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin City.

The Labour Party candidate has also announced plans to overhaul the health sector and construct healthcare centres in all 192 wards of the state, aiming to enhance access to quality healthcare for the populace.

Akpata had earlier revealed he was diagnosed with stage three cancer over 10 years ago.

“I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with stage three cancer over 10 years ago, but as you can see now, I have been cancer-free for at least five years by the grace of God. 

“I had multiple surgeries,” he said during his 51st birthday dinner.