Police Cordon Off Venue For PDP Factional Primary

Ali-Modu Sheriff
Ali-Modu Sheriff

Police have cordoned off the entrance to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, which was the venue scheduled to hold the Governorship Primary of the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Wednesday.

Reports by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, say Mathew Iduoriyekemwen and Johnson Agbonayinma were the two aspirants contesting the primary.

When contacted, Chris Eziken, the Edo State Police Commissioner said he wasn’t certain if the primary election would go on as scheduled.

“I am not INEC. It is too early to find out if the primary will hold or not. You can call me back in the afternoon to find out.”

Also Sam Olumekun, Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo state, when asked if the commission would monitor the exercise, said only the national headquarters could comment on the matter.

However, a member of the Caretaker Committee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the primary would be held as scheduled but that they were looking for another venue.




     

     

    INEC had earlier said it would take a position on which of the two PDP factions it would recognize after a Port-Harcourt high court would have delivered judgment on the matter on July 4.

    The Ahmed Markafi-led PDP faction held its primary on June 20 at the same venue.

    The exercise which was monitored by INEC produced Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party’s standard-bearer in the state.

    Ize-Iyamu defeated Iduoriyekemwen and Chief Solomon Edebiri at the primary, but Iduoriyekemwen later joined the Modu Sheriff faction after he faulted the process of the primary.

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