Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the name of candidate submitted for the governorship election of Edo State by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday in Abuja, Nick Dazang, INEC's Deputy Director for Voter Education and Publicity, said Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been endorsed by the commission as the PDP candidate for the Edo September 10 governorship election
He said the decision to accept Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the PDP led by Ahmed Makarfi, was informed by the court’s decision on the matter.
“The commission collected the nomination from Makarfi-led faction because he has a court judgment that says INEC should accept his candidate.
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“Secondly, you will recall that it is only his own faction of PDP primary that the commission monitored,” Dazang said.
The commission also said that it decided to reject the list sent by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP based on the fact that it did not monitor the primary that produced the faction’s governorship candidate, Matthew Iduoriyekwemwen.
Dazang added that the commission had received nomination forms from 19 political parties including the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“As of this evening, we have received 19 candidates from 19 political parties for the Edo governorship election. These include the candidate of the Makarfi-led faction of the PDP. We received the candidate of the Makarfi-led faction because of the Port Harcourt court judgement plus the fact that we monitored its primaries,” he said.
He listed others as: Action Aliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ACD), Advance Congress of Democrats (ACD), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Independent Democrats (ID) among others.