[TR News] Edo Guber Watch: Why we are conducting fresh primaries -Sheriff’s faction

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The Caretaker Committee inaugurated by

factional National Chairman of the Peoples

Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, to

run the affairs of the party in Edo State,

yesterday gave reasons why the party was

conducting fresh primaries in the state.

Addressing journalists in Benin, Chairman

of the Committee, Ebenezer Alabi, explained

that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who was

announced winner of the first primary

election, emerged through a caretaker

committee that is not backed by the

constitution of the PDP, adding that the

fresh exercise would hold on Wednesday.

Alabi, a former chairman of the PDP in

Ondo State, assured that the Independent

National Electoral Commission (INEC) will

monitor the exercise.

He said the court rulings so far on the issue,

gave Ali Modu Sheriff the powers to produce

the authentic governorship candidate of the

PDP in Edo State to avoid fielding somebody

who according to him, emerged “through an

illegal Caretaker Committee led by Ahmed

Makarfi”.

“The leadership of our party under Senator

Ali Modu Sheriff, invoked section 31, sub-

section 2E of the constitution of PDP by

suspending the state Executive members of

the PDP in Edo State led by Chief Dan Orbih,

for three months and appointed a seven

man committee to superintend the affairs of

the PDP in Edo State.

“We are holding our governorship primaries

on Wednesday and the purpose of the

primaries is to conform with the ruling of

the court. You are aware that a lot of our

members are in court as to who is the

authentic leader of PDP in Nigeria because

of the aborted convention we had in Port

Harcourt. The court has made

pronouncements. We are a democratic

party and I believe we must follow the law.

“The court made orders that the position of

the National Chairman, National Secretary

and National Auditor are not vacant and that

they have powers to hold such offices until

2018. Apart from that, there is a court ruling

in Abuja that actually said the tenure of

Modu Sheriff ends in 2017. But despite these

rulings, some members of our party went to

Port Harcourt and elected a caretaker

committee to run the affairs of the party.

“Today, we are faced with the problem of

who is the authentic person that can sign a

valid nomination to INEC; presently, the

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court ceded that power to Ali Modu Sheriff.

So, if we want to have a valid candidate for

the election in Edo State, we must do

something proper to carry out the order of

the court. And that is why we are here to

comply with the order of the law and ensure

that we have a proper candidate for our

party in the forthcoming governorship

election in Edo State”, Alabi said.

He was flanked by the secretary of the

caretaker committee, Chief Edmund Zealiwe

and others at the media briefing.

 

… I’m loyal to PDP, not individual –

Iduoriyekemwen

 

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant,

Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, has said

that his loyalty is to the party and not

individual.

The aspirant who stated this in Benin

yesterday while reacting to his suspension

from the party, explained that he was

standing with Ali Modu Sheriff as the

National Chairman of the party because he

was on the right side of the law at the

moment.

He said his suspension offends Section 57

(6) of the PDP Constitution, adding that he

has not been accused of any offence which

was communicated to him, nor has he been

given fair hearing.

“They have embarked on a journey that

leads to nowhere. My suspension is just a

show of extreme desperation to ensure that

their candidate stands as the governorship

candidate”, he said.

Hon. Iduoriyekemwen who earlier rejected

the result of the primaries conducted by the

Ahmed Markafi faction of the party, is billed

to participate in a fresh primary election to

be conducted by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction

of the PDP tomorrow.

He said his grouse with the earlier primaries

was that rather than use direct delegates as

stipulated by the constitution, a list of

consensus delegates used to elect the

former Dan Orbih State executives was used

for the governorship primaries.

“Orbih is the problem of the party. He

should resign. He has not been able to lead

the party to any electoral success”,

Iduoriyekemwen said.

The former majority Leader of the Edo State

House of Assembly confirmed that results of

yesterday’s delegates election to be used for

Wednesday primaries were ready.

He disclosed that both Chief Anthony Anenih

and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu reached out to

him, pleading with him to work for the

success of the PDP during the election, but

that he expressed his pleasure with conduct

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of the primaries and raised issues.

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