Ahead of Edo State September governorship election, Ahmed Makarfi group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriffl group saying that Osagie Ize-Iyamu remains PDP candidate.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Makarfi-led PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in Port Harcourt on Saturday, he decried the indiscriminate manner the judiciary has continued to give different orders to PDP since its crisis started.
While cautioning that the orders are dangerous to democracy, Adeyeye maintianed that Sheriff was removed by the PDP National Convention in line with the party’s constitution, adding that the amendment of the PDP Constitution only allowed the national deputy chairman of the party to take over in the absence of a substantive chairman.
According to him, Sheriff in the first place should not have been made the acting chairman of the party.
“In Edo, the Sheriff faction is saying INEC must recognise the candidate submitted by it. How would INEC take something from a man that is only a busybody to the party? If a court had ruled that Sheriff is not the chairman of the PDP, how then would a court say that INEC should recognise a candidate from Sheriff?” Adeyeye argued.
Senator Sheriff-led faction of the PDP, had after the election by the Makarfi led PDP, which saw Ize-Iyamu emerged as the party candidate, elected Matthew Iduoriyekemwen as its gubernatorial candidate for the September 10governorship election in Edo State.
Iduoriyekemwen was one of the three aspirants that participated in the June 20 primary election organised by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction which was won by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
While a court ruling had nullified Sheriff chairmanship, another court ruling said his candidate should be recognised as the PDP governorship candidate.
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