Edo 2024: Coalition of Edo Student Comrades Demands Public Apology from Olumide Akpata

Edo 2024: Coalition of Edo Student Comrades Demands Public Apology from Olumide Akpata
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Edo 2024: Coalition of Edo Student Comrades Demands Public Apology from Olumide Akpata

Reported by Johnson Ogie

Olumide Akpata, the Labour Party’s Governorship candidate for the September election in Edo State is facing fresh trouble, especially the fraca that happened between him and students in the community.

The students of the University of Benin, Edo State are demanding unreserved public apology from the politician and describing his actions as unfortunate.

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Below is part of the press release by the Coalition of Edo Student Comrades;

“We the undersigned use this medium to demand a public apology from the Edo Labour Party Guber candidate, Olumide Akpata for the very avoidable violence associated with his visit to the University of Benin on Friday, April 12, 2024.

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“It is indeed disheartening that what was supposed to be an interactive session with members of the University of Benin Senior Staff Club turned out to be an orgy of violence where a lecturer and several students were injured.

“A university is not just a place of learning, but a sanctuary of knowledge, where the pursuit of truth and the preservation of intellectual freedom are cherished and protected.

“Olumide Akpata’s uncouth behaviour and manner of speaking in which he referred to leaders of the student Community as “hoodlums can be directly blamed for the unrest.

The recklessness of security operatives attached to him who opened gunfire in a bid to disperse the students further stoked the fire of unrest.

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“We believe very strongly that a Lawyer of his pedigree must be able to seek alternative means of calming tensions and assuaging restive students rather than resort to name-calling and trigger happy security men.

“Mr. Akpata’s conduct is even more appalling because as an alumnus of the great University of Benin, we see him as one of our own. It was totally unacceptable for him to refer to great UNIBEN Students as “hoodlums”

“We therefore condemn his actions in totality and demand that he tenders an unreserved public Apology to the generality of UNIBEN Students and Edo State Students at large. An Injury to one is an Injury to all!

“It’s important for politicians in general to be mindful of their words and actions, especially when visiting educational institutions.
Respect and open dialogue should always be encouraged to maintain a peaceful and inclusive environment on campus.

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“We also use this medium to wish all those who were injured a speedy and complete recovery”.

ALUTA CONTINUA, VICTORIA ASCERTA!

Signed

Comrade Frank Igunbor
Comrade Osamede Ehis
Comrade Ikhariale Victor
Comrade Itohan Osagie
Comrade Donald Eghobamien

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