The Edo State Chapter of Labour Party (LP) has said that it would win a sizable number of local governments as the state prepares for local government elections, almost two years after the tenure of the last set of local government administrators ended.
The LP added that it would upset the general trend of the ruling parties in the states of the federation allocating victories to themselves in council elections, saying that the party had demonstrated that it had a grassroots bond with the people.
To achieve the feat, the party called for a credible and fair process from the Edo State Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) which it charged to create a level playing field for all participating political parties.
Making the party’s position known in Benin City over the weekend, a leader and chieftain of the party in Edo State, Dr. Oghogho Okundaye, in a chat with journalists in Benin City said the party successfully had its primary election to pick its chairmanship candidates and it was banking on its organic following especially from the youth population to win elections.
According to him, “We have carefully conducted the primaries, like you all know that our primary was done in May and then ratified so we are ready to go and our hope is that the process is fair and free and that’s what we stand for.
“So, again, you know, traditionally, we have seen where the sitting party emerges winner in all local government areas in the state. But we are not disturbed by that, we are relying on the organic network that we have as a party.”
“It is no longer news that the Labour Party is well-liked and loved and the strength of the youth and the movement that the youths constitute in our politics today, gives us the advantage that no other political party has. So in that light, we are confident that we will be putting up a good show in the forthcoming local government.
“All that we are asking is that the process be fair. If the process is fair, given what the Labour Party stands for, given what we’ve been able to demonstrate in the previous elections, regardless of the outcome of the elections, we are confident that the Labour Party will emerge the winner of many of the local government areas in this state,” he added.
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