PDP picks dep gov candidate in Edo

Ahead of the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has picked a former local government chairman of Esan North-East Local Government, Mr John Yakubu as the running mate to its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The decision was taken on Saturday, in Benin, at a meeting held at the residence of a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih.

It will be recalled that the PDP had earlier zoned the position of the running mate of its governorship candidate to the Edo Central district.

The meeting had in attendance notable politicians from the Edo Central district, who had been touted as likely running mates such as Hon Friday Itulah, Hon Akhere Ugbesia, Hon John Yakubu, Hon Felix Akhabue, Barrister (Mrs) Philomena Ihenyen, and Felix Imosili.

The governorship candidate of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu; Edo State chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih and leaders of the party across the three senatorial zones of the state were also at the meeting.

It was gathered that a consensus agreement was reached to pick Yakubu as running mate, as majority of the leaders of the party endorsed his candidacy.