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Akaakar heads to court over LP ticket

By James Shim

A governorship aspirant on the platform of Labour Party (LP), Engr Ben Akaakar is heading to court seeking to challenge the nomination of Herman Hembe as governorship candidate of the party.

Hembe had floored his closest challenger in the primaries for the party’s governorship ticket, Engr Akaakar by 103 votes against 4 to take the ticket.

Engr Akaakar, who scored the 4 votes had defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to LP to stand with Peter Obi, in the quest for new leadership in Nigeria.

The likelihood of him emerging a consensus candidate for the party was truncated by the aspirations of two others who joined the race midstream.

However, one of the aspirants withdrew from the race on the day of the primaries, citing irregularities in the party delegates admission into the venue.

Hembe on the other hand, was coming from the All Progressives Congress (APC) enroute the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) where he allegedly participated in similar primaries.

Akaakar is contesting that his co-aspirant took part in multiple primaries on three different party platforms.

The Voice Politics gathered that Engr Akaakar has already briefed his lawyer to file the matter at the Federal High Court before it becomes statute barred.

He is also making efforts to get the NNPP National Chairman, Rufai Ahmed Alkali, to set up a panel to review the petition on the Benue governorship primaries.

Hearing on the case is slated for Tuesday, July 26, 2023 in the Federal High Court.

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