Akpata washes hands off from Abure’s arrest 

A governorship aspirant in the Edo State September 21, governorship election, Barr. Olumide Akpata, Thursday said he has no link with the arrest of  Labour Party’s (LP) National Chairman Mr. Julius Abure.

He expressed concern over the arrest of Abure and two other party officials barely 48 hours to the party’s governorship primary election in Edo State. 

Abure and the party officials were picked up on Wednesday by police operatives of zone 5 in Benin City. 

The party chair was however released on bail in the early hours of Friday.

Akpata, a frontline aspirant of the Labour Party (LP) in a statement berated Mr. Kenneth Imansuangbon, another LP aspirant who he said made reckless unfounded comments linking him with Abure’s arrest.

He said: “let me categorically state that these allegations made by Mr. Imasuagbon, who claimed  to be a lawyer and should therefore know better, are completely false and, frankly, very irresponsible.

“As we have been told by the police, the arrests stemmed from an entirely separate incident that occurred in Benin City on December 29, 2023, where one Comrade Anselm Eragbe, a former National Youth Leader of LP was allegedly assaulted.

“As someone falsely implicated in this matter, I have a strong interest in the outcome of the police investigation, in order to clear my name fully.” 

He however, urged the party leadership to explore all lawful options as provided by the party’s constitution to ensure the activities and operations of the Labour Party continue without obstruction. 

The aspirant added that the party must urgently release the final delegate list from the ward congresses of Tuesday, February 20, 2024 ahead of the party’s guber primary scheduled for Friday February 23.