The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it would recognise the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the Ali Modu Sheriff faction based on the judgment of the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt.
An official document to that effect which was signed by Ishiaku Gali, Director of INEC’s secretariat July 26, said that the commission would recognise the National Caretaker Committee for two activities.
These activities include the conduct of primaries of political officers and the submission of the names of candidates for any election to be conducted by the Commission.
INEC also said it was recognising Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the PDP’s candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State based on the court order from the Port-Harcourt High Court secured by the Makarf-led caretaker committee.
It, therefore, rejected the name of Matthew Iduoriyekwemwen, who was the candidate of the Modu-Sheriff faction.
When contacted, no member of the Sheriff faction was ready to speak on the issue, as they said they were working on their own strategy.