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Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Remains Our Guber Candidate – Labour Party

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The Labour Party in Lagos State has dismissed earlier announcement on the replacement of its governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour For Saturday’s state gubernatorial and legislative elections in the state.

The party had in an earlier statement signed by its secretary, Sam Okpala.

A press release jointly signed by the State Legel Adviser, Abbas Ibrahim Esq and the State Secretary, Sam Okpala urged the people of Lagos State and the general public to disregard acrimonious campaign of calumny against the Labour Party governorship candidate as the party said that it is focused on winning the state elections.

The letter reads, “Our attention has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media and WhatsApp pletforms of alleged pendency of a suit at the Supreme Court chellenging the candidature of Ghedebo Rhodes-Vivour as the lagitimate gubernatorial candidate of Labour Perty in Lagos.

“We hasten to state that the said allegations are patently false. Professor Fagbemi Awamaridi (“Prof Fagbemi”), a former Caretaker Chairman and Gubernatorial Condidate of the Labour Party in Lagos State submitted his withdrawal letter pursuant to Section 31 of the Electoral Act 2022 to our Party vide a letter dated 18th June 2022.

“Upon his withdrawel and in line with the Electoral Act, a Substitution Primaries was scheduled to be conducted between Alhaji Moshood Salvador and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour on 10 August 2022.

“On 10th August 2022, a substitution primary was conducted and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vieour emerged winner and became the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Labour Party in Lagos State.

“Prof. Fagbemi approached the Federel High Court on 22% August 2022 in Suit No.: FHC/ARI/CS/1463/ 022.

“On 8th December 2022, the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos (Coram judice: D.E. Osiagor J.) held that Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour remains the valid and authentic Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party in Lagos State and dimissed the claims of Prof. Fagbemni.

“Being dissatisfied with the Judgment of the Court, Prof. Fagbemi approached the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division in Appeal Number CA/NLAG/CV/12/2022. On 2nd February 2023, the three (3) panel of Judges unanimously dimissed Prof. Fagbemi’s Appeal for being incompetent and violating the provision of the Elections Judicial Proceedings Practice Direction 2022.

“This concludes all the subsisting cases commenced by Prof. Fagbemi against the candidature of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour as the lagitimate gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party in Lagos State.

“It is imperative to state that Section 77 of the Electorsl Act, 2022 deals with the corporate structure of a political party and the need to maintain a register of its members.

“Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour was a member of Labour Party months before the Substitution Primary, and he remains our gubernatorial candidate for the March 18th, 2023, Governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.

“The people of Lagos State and the general public are hereby advised to ignore all acrimonious campaign of calumny by the other political parties and focus on electing Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour as our Governer on Saturday, 18th March 2023”, the party stated.

Labour Party Lagos State Affirms Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour As Governorship Candidate

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Edo Guber: Ex-NBA President, Akpata Emerges LP Candidate

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The immediate past national chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party for the September governorship election in Edo.

Akpata, who was a senior partner and the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at Templars law firm in Nigeria until his resignation on 31 August 2023, won the primary election held in Benin City, the state capital, on Friday.

The Deputy Governor of Abia, Ikechukwu Emetu declared Akpata winner of the primary having scored the highest number of votes.

In declaring Akpata the winner of the exercise, Emetu said Akpata scored 316 votes to defeat his co-contestants in a landslide victory.

There was jubilation at the venue immediately Akpata was declared as the winner of the primary.

 

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Sen. Okpebholo Emerges Edo APC Gov Candidate

Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) has been declared winner of Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.

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Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) has been declared winner of Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.

Cross River Governor Bassey Otu, who was the Chairman of Edo APC shadow poll, made the declaration after collating the results from the 18 local government areas.

The collation and declaration were at Lushville Hotel and Suites, Gapiona Avenue, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin.

Okpebholo polled 12,433 votes to defeat the representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, Dennis Idahosa, who scored 6,541 votes.

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Shaibu, Ighodalo Emerge PDP Gov Candidates At Edo Parallel Primaries

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Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki-backed Asue Ighodalo on Thursday emerged governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at parallel indirect primary elections at different venues in Benin, the state capital.

Shaibu, a former member of the House of Representatives, was declared winner by Moses Batholomew in his official residence on Commercial Avenue, near Government House in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin with 301 of the 563 PDP’s authentic delegates’ votes in Edo.

Ighodalo, a Lagos-based lawyer, emerged the standard bearer at the shadow poll that took place at the Lawn Tennis Court of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

Shortly after Shaibu’s declaration as the governorship candidate of PDP in Edo, armed thugs, including members of Edo State vigilance service, were mobilised to the venue and started were shooting sporadically.

But Shaibu and his teeming supporters escaped while the hoodlums continued to shoot at their vehicles with many allies of Edo Deputy Governor injured.

Edo Deputy Governor, in an acceptance speech, dedicated his victory to God Almighty, his teeming supporters, and the good people of the South south State.

As of the time of Shaibu’s declaration, the loyalists of Obaseki were about voting at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for Ighodalo while the consensus aspirant of Chief Dan Orbih-led Legacy Coalition in PDP, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a former member of the House of Representatives, decided to withdraw from the skewed race.

When contacted, mobile lines of Shaibu’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebomhiana Musa were not available while the text and WhatsApp messages had not been replied as of press time

Ighodalo polled 577 votes to beat Anselm Ojezua, Arthur Esele, Osaro Onaiwu, Martins Uhomoibhi, Hadizat Umoru and Felix Akhabue, who all scored zero while and one vote was given to Shaibu with six votes declared void out of the 585 accredited delegates.

One of the governorship aspirants, Omosede Igbinedion, the daughter of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Igbimedion, withdrew from the race at the stadium.

The Chief Returning Officer of the Edo PDP governorship primary election committee, Dauda Lawal, who is the Governor of Zamfara State, noted that members of the committee, having carefully sorted and counted the votes, found that Ighodalo scored 577 votes.

Lawal was assisted by Delta Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori and Senator James Manager, who were the Vice Chairman and Secretary of the committee respectively.

Ighodalo, in his acceptance speech, thanked Edo Governor and the entire people of the State for their love and support.

He said: “I want to thank you for making me a tool, and I promise you that I will be a useful tool, and by the grace of God, Edo State will move from where Obaseki has carried us, to the next level.

“I want to thank Obaseki for the wonderful work he has done in the last seven and a half years. I know that in a year or two, people will keep talking about Obaseki. We have not seen the value of the work he has done, but he is like a builder laying the foundation for a hundred story building.

“No man is perfect. We will all continue to repair and work on one another’s mistakes.”

Ighodalo also promised to put in his best in the service of Edo State and its residents if elected on September 21.

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