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  • Updated: February 23, 2024

BREAKING: Former NBA President, Akpata wins LP guber primary in Edo

BREAKING: Former NBA President, Akpata wins LP guber primary

Olumide Akpata, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has secured the Labour Party (LP) nomination for the Edo State governorship election in September 2024.

Akpata won the exercise held on Friday in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, with 316 votes.

The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emeta, who also served as the returning officer for the election, pronounced Akpata the winner.

His triumph comes months after he expressed an interest in the Edo State governorship contest for the Labour Party.

In October, he went to the Edo LP secretariat in Benin City to formally declare his interest in the race, citing his love for the people.

“My interest is for the people of Edo State. And what I find out about politics and governance in Nigeria today is that the people have been taken out of the equation. Nobody cares about the people,” Akpata told the mammoth crowd that welcomed him.

“So, when I look around, the only party I find to be people-oriented and interested in lots of our people is the Labour Party. So I have come here to express my interest and to carry the people along.”

In August, the 51-year-old corporate lawyer resigned as a senior partner at the law firm Templars.

“The Partners and management of TEMPLARS wish to announce that a Senior Partner at the Firm and the immediate past President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Olumide Akpata, has formally informed the Firm of his decision to participate in active politics,” the firm said in a statement.

“On account of this, and in line with the Firm’s governance protocols, Olumide Akpata and the Partners of the Firm have agreed that he disengages from the Firm with effect from 31st August 2023. This will enable him to fully focus on his project of contributing towards nation building.”

That same month, Akpata joined the LP, claiming he wanted to be more involved in the country's political process.

“This was a major step for me and not one that I took lightly…but I simply got tired of complaining about Nigeria every day and bemoaning her fate and I decided to take the plunge and try to be part of the solution rather than agonising continually over the problem,” he said.

“This, for me, is the start of a very important journey and it is my prayer that I arrive safely at my destination."

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