Monday, June 20, 2016

Edo 2016: 740 delegates elect PDP governorship candidate in Benin

Accreditation of 740 delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), who will elect the party’s candidate for the Sept. 10 governorship election in Edo began on Monday in Benin.

The exercise, which began at about 9.30 a.m., is taking place simultaneously at three centres, with Okada House on Urubi Street hosting delegates from Edo South. Delegates from Edo North are being accredited at JBS Estate, while accreditation for those from Edo Central is being conducted at the party’s secretariat at First East Circular Road.

The aspirants for the primaries, who purchased their nomination forms at the party’s secretariat in Benin at N16 million are Chief Solomon Edebiri, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Mr Mathew Uduoeyekemwen, all from Edo South. The National Committee of the party for the conduct of the primaries, led by Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi had announced that the exercise would take place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

According to Umahi, after accreditation at the three centres, all the delegates will be conveyed from the centres to the stadium through an arrangement by the committee. He assured the aspirants, delegates and other members of the party that the exercise would be credible, free and fair. One of the aspirants, Ize-Iyamu, was the Secretary to the State Government in former governor, Chief Lucky Igbinedion’s administration, while Uduoeyekemwen was majority leader in the House of Assembly at the time.

 Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Chris Enehikhare, said the primary election was being conducted on the directive of the National Caretaker Committee of the party. All Progressives Congress (APC) held its primaries for the governorship election in the state on Saturday. Mr Godwin Obaseki emerged as its candidate at the exercise.

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