Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Neda Imansuen, on Sunday, said the Labour Party is the party to beat ahead of the 2024 Edo State governorship election.
While he noted that the LP is the party to beat in Edo State, he welcomed the Supreme Court judgement which finally nailed the Lamidi Apapa-led camp, saying their activities had been a concern for the party.
Leadership reported that Imansuen, who spoke on a wide range of issues on the occasion of the nation’s 63th Independence anniversary, expressed optimism in the prosperity of the country and pleaded for all to join hands together to overcome the hydra– headed challenges confronting it.
He said, “Well, my worry has been this issue of Lamidi Apapa but thank God, the Supreme Court has since laid that to rest and it is behind us now.
“The Labour party is the party to beat in Edo state and that is the truth and that has been the reason why many people have been attracted to run under the Labour Party platform to take that ticket and it is a good thing for us.
“But how we manage it will determine how far we can go but I can assure you that we are going to manage it. We are going to put our house in order and we are beginning to do that very quietly.
“And for the aspirants that are trooping in hoping to fly our ticket, we are telling them that we must come together first to build the party we ought to first have a very strong platform upon which to run and that is very key.
“Many of the aspirants have come to see me and I keep saying that we need to come together so that at the end of the day if there is transparency which I know there would , we all can rally round that candidate and Labour party will be the candidate to beat.”
On the 63th Independence anniversary, the senator, who lamented that many Nigeria are suffering the impact of subsidy removal, called “for a reflection on how we have fared with the hope of finding solutions to the problems in the country.”
He also called for “mass job creations for Nigeria’s teeming unemployed population”.