Edo 2016: Fresh factional PDP primaries to hold in Benin

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin

About 520 delegates are to participate in the fresh Peoples Democratic Party governorship primaries to be conducted by the committee set up Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff.

The primaries will hold at the Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia stadium.

Two aspirants, Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonnayima and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, are to contest at the primaries.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu had earlier emerged candidate of the PDP at the primaries conducted by the Ahmed Makarfi’s committee.

A visit to the stadium showed that arrangements were being put in place by party officials.

Spokesman for the Edo PDP caretaker committee, Okharedia Ihimekpen, told our reporter that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission would monitor the conduct of the primaries.

He said other statutory delegates that are elected members of the party would participate in the primaries.

Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Sam Olumekun, said it was only the Party Monitoring Department of INEC that could confirm if the commission would be at the Sheriff primaries.

He directed our reporter to get confirmation from INEC headquarters.

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