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Labour Party Chieftain Olumide Akpata Denies Involvement in Edo State Protest

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Olumide Akpata, a governorship aspirant in Edo State and a member of the Labour Party, has refuted any connection between himself and the recent protest at the party’s secretariat in Benin City. The protest led to an attack on the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure, by disgruntled members.

Akpata clarified that he and his supporters were not part of the protest, which saw hundreds of party members, particularly youths, expressing their dissent towards Julius Abure’s alleged bias towards certain governorship aspirants ahead of the party primary. The protesters accused him of compromising his position and interfering with the conduct of the primary.

Addressing the situation at a press conference in Benin City, Akpata emphasized his commitment to non-violence and disassociated himself from any history of sponsoring violence. He condemned the attempts to link him to the protest, attributing it to efforts aimed at damaging his reputation and undermining his political aspirations within the Labour Party.

Responding to the allegations and rumors circulating within the party, Akpata expressed his resolve to defend against false accusations through legal means. He urged those responsible for the malicious claims to cease their actions and warned of legal repercussions for spreading falsehood.

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