A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), Olumide Akpata, has been elected the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Edo State.

Mr Akpata scored 316 votes to win the LP governorship primary election in Benin City, Edo State, on Friday.

The Deputy Governor of Abia State Ikechukwu Emeta, the chief returning officer for the election, declared Mr Akpata as the winner of the election.

The former NBA president became involved in politics when he joined the LP in August last year.

After his victory on Friday, Mr Akpata said that winning the LP ticket was a “heavyweight” on his shoulder.

“LP is a people-centric party… The expectations are high on the part of the people,” he said.

He thanked his supporters and the LP members for their support and promised to work for the good of Edo if he wins in the September 2024 general election.

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