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PDP Crisis Ize-Iyamu‘s emergence as Edo guber candidate illegal – Party's faction says

The committee said the governorship primary slated for Wednesday will still hold, and it will be monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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The caretaker committee that was recently inaugurated by the embattled chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff has declared the emergence of Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party’s guber candidate is illegal.

The committee said the process that led to his election was not backed by constitution of the party.

Adding that the governorship primary slated for Wednesday will still hold, and it will be monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Nation reports that the factional chairman of the PDP in Edo state, Ebenezer Alabi, said “The leadership of our party under Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, invoked section 31, sub section 2E of the constitution of PDP by suspending the state Executive members of the PDP in Edo state led by Chief Dan Orbih, for three months and appointed a seven man committee to superintend the Affairs of the PDP in Edo state.

“We are holding our governorship primaries on Wednesday and the purpose of the primaries is to conform with the ruling of the court. You are aware that a lot of our members are in court as to who is the authentic leader of PDP in Nigeria because of the aborted convention we had in Port Harcourt. The court has made pronouncements. We are a democratic party and I believe we must follow the law.”

Alabi also said “The court made orders that the position of the National chairman, National secretary and national Auditor are not vacant that they have powers to hold such offices until 2018. Apart from that there is a court ruling in Abuja that actually said the tenure of Modu Sheriff ends in 2017. But despite these rulings, some members of our party went to Port Harcourt and elected caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party.

“ Today we are faced with the problem of who is the authentic person that can sign a valid nomination to INEC, presently the court ceded that power to Ali Modu Sheriff. So if we want to have a valid candidate for the election in Edo state, we must do something proper to carry out the order of the court. And that is why we are here to comply with the order of the law and ensure that we have a proper candidate for our party in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.”

READ: Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerges PDP governorship candidate

Sheriff suspended the state executive committee of the PDP in Edo state recently.

Also, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State said the decision of Ali Modu Sheriff to suspend its executive committee is laughable.

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