INEC shuns Sheriff’s Edo PDP primaries as Iduoriyekemhen emerges winner

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries organised by claimant to the national chairmanship position of the party, Alhaji Ali-Modu Sheriff, was on Wednesday held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

Honourable Matthew Iduoriyekemhen, who last week lost to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the primaries conducted by the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, emerged winner after his only challenger in the exercise, Honourable Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, step down for him.

Representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), however, did not witness the primaries, while the ballot boxes used did not have the traditional emblem of the electoral body.

The election was held amid uncertainty over report early in the day  that a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi had nullified the 2014 PDP Constitution Amendment that enabled Ali-Modu Sheriff assumed national chairmanship position of the PDP.

The announcement at the weekend by INEC that it would not monitor the primaries because organisers did not comply with the 21-day notice to the electoral body also created doubt over the conduct of the exercise.

As at 2:00p.m., there was no sign that the exercise would hold at the lawn tennis court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, where the exercise was billed to take place.

er election for the PDP.