Former Majority Leader of Edo State House of Assembly, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, has emerged the governorship candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Edo State September 10 gubernatorial election.
Iduoriyekemwen who became the sole candidate after the second contestant in the primaries, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma stepped down for him, scored 481 votes to become the party’s flag bearer.
Former political Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Chairman of the Primaries Election Panel, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak who announced the result, said of the 677 accredited delegates, 502 delegates voted.
He said 21 of the votes were invalid while 481 valid votes were cast for Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.
Gulak, therefore, declared him winner and returned him as the PDP candidate for the Edo gubernatorial election, saying that a certificate of return signed by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff and the party’s Secretary, would be issued to Iduoriyekemwen in Abuja.
In his acceptance speech, Iduoriyekemwen said the outcome of the primaries “is the beginning of the real change in Edo State.
He expressed gratitude to the National leadership of the party for coming to conduct the primaries, even as he praised the Modu Sheriff led Executive for not going the way of lack of internal democracy and impunity, which he said almost destroyed the PDP.
The governorship candidate who thanked the delegates for not wavering in spite obstacles, earlier in his speech before voting commenced, said “this is the time when we must come together to build, to take Edo to the path of greatness, to elect a candidate with sense of responsibility”.
The candidate said it was the responsibility of government to make citizens happy, adding that Edo State will become a state of excellence if he was elected. It is time for the party to elect a governorship …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper