Dr. Dennis Aikoriogie, a governorship aspirant in the Labour Party (LP) in Edo State, has officially resigned from the party, alleging the undue influence of certain leaders favoring specific aspirants. He expressed concerns about the fairness of the party’s upcoming primary election, citing potential bias among party executives.
Aikoriogie claimed that external individuals and wealthy individuals have taken control of the party, marginalizing dedicated members like himself who have contributed to shaping the party’s current status. In a letter addressed to the LP Ward 9 chairman in Egor local government area and copied to the national chairman, state chairman, and local government chairman of the party, Aikoriogie announced his decision to pursue his political aspirations elsewhere.
In an excerpt from the resignation letter, Aikoriogie stated, “I hereby submit my resignation letter as a member of the Labour Party, effective immediately. This decision arises from my observed and perceived bias and partisanship among party executives leading up to the gubernatorial election in Edo State.”
He further explained, “I joined the Labour Party due to my admiration for Mr. Peter Obi and his exemplary record in both the public and private sectors. However, it appears that my contributions, particularly during the presidential election and support for various candidates, have gone unappreciated. The sidelining of aspirants like myself from the diaspora is disheartening.”
Aikoriogie expressed dismay at the party dynamics, where recent entrants and perceived wealthy individuals dictate the direction of the party, overshadowing the credibility and acceptability of candidates. Concluding his letter, he stated, “It is on these grounds and others that I am resigning from the party as I pursue my political ambitions elsewhere. I wish the Labour Party success in its future endeavors.”