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Akpata Blames Thugs’ Attack at UNIBEN on Opponents

The candidate of the Labour Party in the coming Edo State Governorship election, Olumide Akpata (SAN), has blamed the disruption of an event he attended at the University of Benin on his opponents.

Akpata had on Friday attended an interactive session organised by the Senior Staff Club of UNIBEN when thugs invaded the event.

In a statement, he said a lecturer was injured as a result of the disruption staged, according to him, by those afraid of his candidacy for Edo governor.

He shared on X, “What was designed to be an apolitical and innocent homecoming at my Alma Mater, the great University of Benin, yesterday, 12 April 2024, when the Senior Staff Club of the University of Benin had invited me for an interactive session, investiture as an honorary member of the Club, and to also confer an award of excellence on me took a dramatic and unfortunate turn last night.

“Regrettably, those who are most threatened by my candidacy resorted to the tired old tactic and deployed thugs masquerading as students alongside some students to disrupt and mar a sacred University Staff event.

“In the process, one lecturer was injured and is now receiving treatment. While wishing him a speedy recovery, let me assure all the good people of Edo State and Nigerians in general that I am undeterred by last night’s fiasco and that I remain resolute in my determination to bring about the desired change in Edo State come September 2024.”

At the event, Akpata was inducted as a honourary member of the Senior Staff Club of UNIBEN.

He wrote, “Without detracting from the seriousness of what transpired last night, I must nevertheless use this medium to appreciate the leadership of the UNIBEN Senior Staff Club for the warm hospitality they accorded to me. I was particularly gratified, and understandably so, by the quality of the discussion during the interactive session with the members of the Club.

“This was followed by the conferment of an award of excellence on me by the Club. I have always believed that the best honours are the ones bestowed by one’s teachers. It is for this reason that I hold dearly the award of excellence.

“I am also delighted to announce that I was inducted as an honorary member of the Club. On a lighter note, and as I informed the Club yesterday, as a UNIBEN student I had no right of access to the Club and I had to make do with buying pepper soup through the window of the Club. I am truly glad that those days are now well and truly over, and I can now access the Club as of right. On a more serious note, I am super grateful for these honours, and I pledge to employ customary best endeavors towards the actualisation of the Club’s objectives.”

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