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Akpata Urges Youths In Upper Sakponba To Disregard Edo Govt’s Passing Of Anti-cultism Law: Vows To Aid cultism, Land-Grabbing if Elected Governor

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OUR attention has been drawn to a video on social media where the controversial Labour Party governorship candidate in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election, Olumide Akpata, was seen addressing a number of youths around Upper Sakponba in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area.

Bits and pieces of the video show the Candidate condemning Governor Obaseki’s moves against cultism and land-grabbing in Edo State.

Recall that precisely on June 3, 2024, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, passed the anti-cultism law, following the loss of over 150 people to cult-related activities in five months in parts of the state. Obaseki went ahead to set up a special task force to combat cultism in Edo State, with special focus on Edo South, a move that has attracted huge applauds by observers at home and abroad.

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It is, however, a different ball game for the LP candidate, as he feels that passing the anti-cultism law was a wrong move by the Governor.

Earlier today, the Candidate, in a desperate move to gain undeserved support, Akpata vowed to massage cultism, land-grabbing, if elected governor, noting that Governor Obaseki made a wrong move passing the anti-cultism law. Good-spirited Edos, particularly of Ikpoba-Okha extraction, who have laid hands on the video have strongly condemned Akpata, describing his action as an act of desperation, even though he is aware he can never win the all-important poll this September.

We are not unaware of desperate moves by the Labour Party candidate to incite violence amongst the youth body before and during the poll, so as to have a basis upon which to discredit the election and call for its possible cancellation, after he would have been mercilessly defeated at the poll this September.

Akpata must find civil and constructive ways to pass his message to Edo people if at all he has any, rather than trying to fan the embers of war amongst our people, particularly the youths. While we are unopposed to him taking his campaigns to areas across the State, we condemn in the strongest terms statements capable of instigating violence against constituted authority, as the candidate has been heard on several occasions making.

He must tread with caution, as no one has the monopoly of violence.

Ikpoba-Okha is a PDP/AiO² stronghold, it is where the Secretary to Edo State Government and deputy governorship candidate of the PDP, Osarodion Ogie, comes from; the LGA is known for peace, unity, loyalty, excellence and development; one million Akpatas cannot disturb the peace in Ikpoba-Okha, we have every resources to resist any form(s) of usurpation.

The vast majority of youths, women and men, market women, artisans, the political class, students, boys, girls, professionals, the christian and muslim communities, ATR, traditional rulers, and all ethnic groups of Ikpoba-Okha extraction are with AiO2 and are ready, willing, and determined to cast their votes in that direction.

We hereby call on the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Funsho Adegboye, to call Akpata to order as his statements are capable of inciting violence in this period of electioneering in Edo State.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Eseosa Ewere
Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee, Ighodalo-Ogie Campaign Council, Ikpoba-Okha LGA

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