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Edo 2024: Azemhe dumps LP over alleged ill-treatment by local government chairman



Dr Azemhe Azena, one of the aspirants jostling for the Labour Party, LP, ticket for the September 21, 2024 governorship election in Edo State has resigned from the party. reports that the resignation letter dated January 27, 2024 was addressed to the Ward 10 chairman of the party in Okpekpe in Etsako-East Local Government.

Azena was one of the 18 governorship aspirants who protested the N30 million fees for the purchase of Expression of Interest and nomination forms on Thursday.

The televangelist, who is the Pastor, Southern Region 2 of Omega Fire Ministries, Benin City, had, however, on Wednesday boasted at the Benin Airport while speaking with newsmen on his journey from an overseas trip that N30 million will not deter him from contesting the party governorship primary election scheduled for February 22, 2024.

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In his resignation letter, Azena attributed his decision to dump the party on ill-treatment allegedly meted on him and his supporters by Michael Onaivi, the Akoko-Edo local government chairman of the party during his tour of the local government.

He alleged that Onaivi prevented him and his team from entering into the local government.

According to him, “My decision to leave the party I have so much laboured for is based on the ill-treatment I got when I embarked on a political tour of all the local government areas in Edo North, where I came from, between 27 and 30 of December 2023.

“It was to my utmost surprise that the leadership of the Labour Party in Akoko-Edo, led by the Local Government Area chairman, Mr. Michael Onaivi, resisted and prevented my team and I from entering into the Local Government for the said visit.”

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The former governorship aspirant, who said he reported the incident to Chris Ighodalo, Leader of Edo North Senatorial District of the party, noted that several entreaties to the chairman by the senatorial leader to allow his team to visit the local government were all to no avail.

“I wrote a protest letter to the senatorial leadership, copying the state leadership and have personally met with the senatorial leader over the issue, up until today, nothing has been said or done about it.

“That one man can prevent an aspirant and his team from entering any part of a senatorial zone to which the aspirant himself hails from speaks of lawlessness and wanton impunity that should not be accepted by anybody in a party that preaches justice and equality,” he added.

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He opined that the alleged ill-treatment was a slap on the sensitivity of the members of the party in Etsako, Edo-North and the entire party members in Edo State.

He, however, thanked the leadership of the party in the state for the opportunity to serve as an active member in the past.