PDP clears Ize-Iyamu, Edebiri, others for Edo guber primaries

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin 

The Peoples Democratic Party has cleared three aspirants who bought the party’s nomination and expression of interest form for the party’s primaries ahead of the September 10 governorship election. 

Those screened and cleared include Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chief Solomon Edebiri and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen. 

They were screened by a committee sent to the state by the national headquarters of the party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi. 

It would be recalled that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on Monday set up a screening committee on the Edo gubernatorial election and named Senator Hope Uzodimma as Chairman of the committee. 

Certificates of clearance were issued to the three aspirants after the screening. 

Members of the committee were a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran as Chairman, Senator Joshua Lidanin as Secretary, Chief Abiye Sekibo, Ndubuisi Nwigwe and Hon Farouk Yahaya. 

Prof. Adeniran said the party would not be distracted by the action of those he said were sponsored to cause disaffection in the PDP. 

Adeniran said the screening was to enable the party elect a candidate that has unblemished records. 

He stated that the three aspirants wee found worthy and met the stipulated conditions of the party to contest the primaries. 

The former Education Minister assured the aspirants of a level playing field since he party has learnt its lessons. 

According to him, “The era of imposition is over. The era of impunity is over. We are entrenching internal democracy. We are determined to get back on track.” 

“We are not deterred. The members of the PDP know what is happening. Imposition cannot work. Self proclaim leaders have no place in the PDP. We want a candidate that can win election and is accepted by the people”.

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