May 20, 2024

Edo Guber: LP Candidate Akpata Drops Oluyinka As Dep. Gov’ship Candidate,Picks Yusuf Kadiri

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By Simeon OSAJIE

Labour Party flag bearer in the Edo State forthcoming September 21, 2024 governorship election, Barr. Olumide Akpata, has drop Alufokhai Oluyinka chosen a fellow lawyer Prince Kadiri Yussuf Asamah (SAN) as his governorship candidate.

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Prince Asamah is from the Auchi royal family and holds the distinguished record of being the first member of the royal family to be honoured with the prestigious SAN title.

The electoral law allows for the replacement of any political party candidate during the placement period.

Asamah, who hails from Auchi, has been chosen as the deputy governorship candidate of his party, making him the second person from Auchi to receive such a nomination.

The first was Engr. Saliu Ahmed who was the deputy governorship candidate to Emmanuel Arigbeosula of the All Nigerian peoples Party (ANPP).

The Edo LP leaders and their gubernatorial candidate may have re-evaluated their political strategy and decided to make some minor adjustments to change the political landscape, while also giving the party a solid footing in the Edo North Senatorial District, where the APC holds significant influence.

One of the adjustments may involve nominating a running mate from the Auchi.

Auchi is also the political hub of the Edo North Senatorial district and has the potential to generate the highest number of votes in any electoral contest.

Since the arrival of former governor of Edo State, Senator Adams Oshiomole, Auchi has become a strong political base for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This means that the opposition parties, like the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP), will need to put in more effort to break the dominance of the APC.

It remains to be seen how Barr. Asamah plans to fit into the political landscape and influence votes in favour of the LP in the coming weeks.

It is worth noting that Prince Asamah has an impressive track record.

Prior to his nomination, he served as a partner and head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group at the law firm of Jackson, Etti & Edu. His extensive experience and expertise in civil and commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, negotiation, and regulatory compliance make him a valuable asset to the legal community.

He has also earned a reputation for his meticulous approach and dedication to achieving favourable outcomes for his clients.

The nomination of Barr. Asamah as the LP deputy governorship Candidate to Barr. Olumide Akpata has caused a mix of excitement and concern within the Auchi political circles.

While some are excited hoping his nomination would serve as a breath of fresh air and also infuse a reasonable degree of credibility into the political process, the critics, however, contend that he has been largely apolitical until now and may not change the tide in the political arena.

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