June 13, 2024

In Benin City on Monday, Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) led a large-scale rally as a precursor to the upcoming local government area election scheduled for September 2 in Edo State.

Addressing the enthusiastic gathering of party members and supporters who turned up for the event, Obi emphasized the significance of the local government area system as a foundational component of development.

Obi remarked, “The local government is the closest point to the people, and it serves as the bedrock for facilitating progress for the populace. The core pillars of development, which encompass health, education, and poverty eradication, fall under the purview of local government responsibilities.”

He went on to highlight that for a nation to experience substantial advancement, the local government plays a pivotal role, given that nearly all development initiatives are rooted in this framework.

Obi shared his personal experience as a former governor, recalling the challenges he encountered in conducting local government elections due to legal constraints. He expressed his intent to actively back the LP candidates participating in the forthcoming local government election in Edo, promising unwavering support.

In his message, Obi encouraged voters within the state to collectively endorse the LP candidates during the election, assuring them that by doing so, they would safeguard their future.

Earlier in the proceedings, Mr. Julius Abure, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, lauded Governor Godwin Obaseki for establishing mechanisms for the election’s execution. However, Abure emphasized that the election must uphold principles of fairness and freedom.

Abure asserted, “Our candidates are the cream of the crop to oversee the local government system in Nigeria. It is paramount for citizens to cast their votes in favor of all our candidates during the imminent local government election.”

Also addressing the gathering, Mr. Olumide Akpata, a gubernatorial aspirant for the 2024 election in Edo State, encouraged voters not to be daunted by fear but rather to exercise their right to vote for all LP candidates in the election.

Akpata, who previously served as the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), attested that the LP candidates were individuals of impeccable integrity, capable of delivering on the LP’s outlined programs.

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