The factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has presented a certificate of return to Matthew Iduoriyekwemwen as PDP candidate for Edo guber election.
Ali Modu Sheriff
Speaking on Tuesday after presenting a Certificate of Return to Matthew Iduoriyekwemwen ahead of the September 10 gubernatorial election in Edo state, Ali Modu Sheriff, the factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has vowed to submit the name of his candidate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the only PDP candidate.
The embattled politician said he would rely on the judgment of Okon Abang, a justice of the federal high court, Abuja, to send the name of his faction’s candidate to INEC.
“It is clear that from Abuja high court that INEC is obliged to accept the candidate we are to present. You know ideally, most of our officials have travelled for Sallah. We need to do this because the first working day we are going to submit our candidate’s form to INEC.
“I have to stay behind to do some of the things so as to ensure that the forms are submitted after the Sallah break,” he said.
The secretary of the committee, Ahmed Gulak, that conducted the Sheriff-led PDP primary in Edo state, said 677 delegates were accredited for the exercise, while 502 delegates voted, adding that the accredited 502 delegates, 481 voted for Iduoriyekwemwen, after his challenger stepped down.
The winner of the primary, Iduoriyekwemwen, who spoke after his victory, promised to embark on grassroots campaign ahead of the election, and pledged to ensure that the PDP comes back stronger after the governorship election.
He named a former PDP woman leader in the state, Herberta Okonofua-Ayo, as his running mate and dismissed insinuation of being sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC).