From Tony Osauzo, Benin

The Edo State branch of the Labour Party has sharply criticized Governor Godwin Obaseki’s security framework, deeming it ineffective in preventing the kidnapping of the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Tony Aziegbemi.

Dr Aziegbemi was held captive for 11 days before being released two days ago.

In a proclamation issued from Benin City, the Labour Party’s State Publicity Secretary, Sam Uroupa, implored the citizens of Edo State to cast their votes for the Labour Party rather than the PDP in the upcoming governorship election in September.

He emphasized that the LP would prioritise the security of its citizens under the leadership of their gubernatorial candidate, Mr Olumide Akpata.

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Additionally, the party expressed its relief and happiness over Dr Aziegbemi’s safe return from captivity, while voicing concerns over the current government’s failure to protect its members, suggesting a broader issue with ensuring the safety of the population at large.

“This incident serves as a catalyst for the Labour Party to sound the alarm on the prevailing security rot within the PDP government in Edo State. The party firmly states that a government that cannot secure its high-ranking officials cannot be entrusted with the well-being of ordinary citizens”, the statement said.

It reiterated the party’s commitment under Akpata to “prioritizing the welfare and security of all individuals, regardless of their status. The lives and properties of both the common man and the high-ranking official are of equal importance and deserve adequate protection. When voted into to power come September 21st, 2024, LP will not engage in political gamesmanship with the lives of the people of Edo State but will steadfastly advocate for a safe and secure environment for all residents”, the statement added.

Outlining one of its governorship agendas to focus on enhancing security measures and promoting the welfare of the people of Edo State if elected into power, the LP said this “serves as a strong statement against security lapses, advocating for a government that prioritizes citizens’ safety above all else. The party’s unwavering commitment to addressing security challenges and safeguarding the well-being of the people underscores its vision for a secure and thriving Edo State.”