The vibrant spirit of political engagement came to life on Monday as Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) led a resounding mega rally in anticipation of the upcoming local government area election scheduled for September 2. Amidst an exuberant gathering of party members and enthusiastic supporters, Obi articulated the crucial role of the local government in driving development.
Addressing the assembled crowd, Obi emphasized the pivotal role that local government systems play in fostering progress within communities. “Local government is the cornerstone of development, the closest conduit for progress to reach our people,” he declared. He further expounded that vital sectors like healthcare, education, and poverty alleviation fall under the purview of local governance, making it indispensable for a nation’s overall growth.
Obi’s extensive experience as a former governor lent credence to his statements, as he shared, “During my tenure, circumstances prevented me from conducting local government elections for over six years. Today, we stand united to endorse and champion our candidates for the impending local government election in Edo. Our unwavering support will be their foundation.”
With a call to action, Obi urged voters across the state to cast their votes overwhelmingly for LP candidates in the forthcoming election. He promised that doing so would safeguard their future and foster the continued development of the state.
The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Mr. Julius Abure, acknowledged the efforts of Gov. Godwin Obaseki in facilitating the conduct of the election, while also emphasizing the need for a free and fair electoral process. Abure asserted, “Our candidates represent the best of local governance in Nigeria. It is imperative that citizens rally behind our candidates, ensuring their triumphant victory in the upcoming local government election.”
Mr. Olumide Akpata, a notable figure and prospective candidate in the 2024 governorship election in Edo, rallied the crowd to dispel any fear and stand united in voting for LP candidates. Akpata, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), vouched for the integrity of LP candidates, highlighting their impeccable character and ability to execute the LP’s programmatic goals.
As the rally concluded, the atmosphere was one of solidarity and shared commitment to realizing the promise of effective local governance in Edo State. With the September 2 election on the horizon, the political stage is set for an engaging and transformative showdown.