June 25, 2024

Ex Edo Speaker, Ativie Heads Edo Labour Party Caretaker Committee

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The appointed Caretaker Committee of Edo State LP

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…LP NWC led by Abure reached agreement then that there shall be no congress in Edo until after the gov’ship election – Ogbaloi

By Simeon OSAJIE

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The National Leadership of the Labour Party (LP) headed by Barrister Julius Abure has constituted a caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the Edo State Chapter of the party after the expiration of the tenure of the Ogbaloi-led Executive Council which ended in April, 2024.

The 17 man caretaker committee is headed by Rt. Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, a former speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly. 

The new state executive committee of the LP was inaugurated today, the 27th day of May, 2024 in Benin City by the Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Ayo Olorunfemi.

While administering the oath of office of the members of the new executive committee of the party,  Dr. Olorunfemi said the new leadership of the party in Edo State is expected to take charge of the affairs of the party pending when a fresh congress will hold to elect a new executive in the state.

He said the Labour party decided to appoint Rt. Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie as Edo State  Chairman due to her positive and result oriented track record in all her political positions so far.

He called for unity in the party and assured that the party will be more united in Edo State with Hon. Ativie.

In his speech, the   member representing Oredo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Esosa lyawe commended the national leadership of the labour party for appointing Hon. Elizabeth Ativie as the chairman of the caretaker committee. 

He said the party is ready to go into the Edo State Governorship election coming up in September this year with Barrister Olumide Akapata as its gubernatorial candidate.

Also speaking, a member representing Egor/lkpoba Okha Federal Constituency, Hon.  Murphy Osaro Omoruyi congratulated the new leadership of the Labour Party in the State and stressed the need to unite all aggrieved parties. 

Hon. Omoruyi expressed confidence that Hon. Ativie will be able to move the party forward.

Responding, the new Chairman of the Labour Party in the State, Rt. Hon Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie promised to move the party to a higher level in the state.
She vowed to reconcile all aggrieved parties in the party and said a reconciliation team to resolve all pending issues in the party will be put in place. 

The secretary of the Party, Hon. Oses Emmanuel Eromwonsele lauded members of the party for their turn out during the inauguration.

In line with the letter signed by the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure made available to newsmen, the new executive of the party in the state are expected to work in conjunction with the party’s governorship candidate, Barrister Olumide Osaigbovo Akapata towards ensuring victory in the Governorship election slated for 21st September, 2024.

When contacted via telephone, Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi said, “We are not aware that whether Edo State Labour Party executive has been dissolved because there is a process to all of these. No one man can just wake up one day and remove a structure that has being.

“The National Working Committee of the party led then by Barr. Julius Abure reached agreement that there shall be no congress in Edo State until after the governorship election slated for 21st September, 2024, that the exco should be allowed to prosecute the state election after which congress can now be call. 

“As leaders we should be masters of our words; we should not go back from our discussion; we should not go back to any term agreement that we made.  Going by that agreement, what is the use of expediency now trying to do a caretaker committee to preside over the party for just three months?”

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