By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
Factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff has set up a committee that will organize the flagging off of the governorship campaign of its governorship candidate in Edo state, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.Â The event which is scheduled for next week will be held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City.Â
Briefing newsmen on behalf of Modu Sheriff in Benin City on Sunday, the member representing Ikpoba Okhai/Egor Federal constituency in the House of Representatives and chairman House Committee on US Congressional/Nigeria House of Representatives Parliamentary, Mr Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, said the flagging off will signal the end of the Ahmed Makarfi led PDP in the state which according to him, had been operating on illegality.Â
He said the committee which would be chaired by Modu Sheriff himself, has Dr Cairo Ojougbou and other national leaders of the PDP.Â
Responding to the fact the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had accepted Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the PDP ahead the September 10, governorship election, Agbonayinma explained that â€œwhat INEC did was illegality because myself and Chief Benson Akingboye went to court asking INEC not to accept Ize-Iyamu based on the court ruling that Sheriff is the authentic chairman.Â
â€œJustice O.E. Abang in his wisdom declared in our favour, saying on no account should INEC receive candidate from Markafi faction of PDP. Only Modu Sheriff is the authentic chairman of the PDP. INEC must follow the rule law, what INEC did was violation of the court judgment. Now what they went to Appeal Court to contest is the issue of the Port Harcourt convention and not the judgment which declared that Iduoriyekemwen is the authentic candidate of the PDP.Â
â€œThey did not appeal that judgment what they appealed was the convention. The judgment stands. The Judgment they got in Port Harcourt has to do with the convention in Port Harcourt, but we got judgment stopping INEC from accepting Ize-Iyamuâ€™s name. So on that bases we are going ahead with our flagging off, Matthew remains the authentic candidate of PDP and that rally will be the mother of all ralliesâ€ he stated.