Prior to the local government elections in Edo State on September 2, Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) conducted a massive rally for the party on Monday in Benin City.
In his speech, Obi referred to the local government area system as “where development is domiciled,” referring to the throngs of party members and supporters who had flocked to the occasion.
“Local government is the most accessible to the populace and is tasked with ensuring that the populace develops.
“The three most critical areas of development are health, education and poverty eradication and they are responsibilities of the local government.
“So, for the system to work, for a country to develop well, it is the local government, as everything that has to do with development is domiciled in the local government.
“That is why it is critical to our development and sustainability. As a governor, I was prevented by litigation from conducting local government elections for over six years.
“So, we are here today to support our candidates in the forthcoming local government election in Edo. We will support them with everything,” he said.
However, Obi instructed voters in the state to cast their ballots for party candidates in large numbers, promising them that by doing so, their future would be secured.
The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Mr. Julius Abure, had earlier praised Governor Godwin Obaseki for putting the necessary procedures in place for the conduct of the election but had also issued a warning that the vote must be free and fair.
“We have the best candidates that can man the local government system in Nigeria, hence, the need for the people to vote for all our candidates in the coming local government election,” Abure said.
Mr. Olumide Akpata, a candidate for governor in the Edo election of 2024, also spoke and urged the electorate to cast their votes for all LP candidates instead of giving in to their fears.
According to NAN, Akpata, the immediate past president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the nominees were people of impeccable integrity who could carry out the LP’s plans.