Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged as the governorship flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State in the forthcoming (September 10) gubernatorial election. He garnered a total of 584 votes in the party’s primaries which took place in Benin City on Monday.
A total of 713 delegates participated in the primaries which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. Three aspirants vied for the ticket of the party. the other contestants were Chief Solomon Edebiri and Mr Mathew Uduoeyekemwen.
Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen scored 91 votes while Mr Solomon Edebiri scored 38 votes.
The result was announced by the Chairman of the Party’s Committee which conducted the election, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State
He was South-South leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before defecting to the PDP in 2014.
Umahi said that 713 delegates were accredited for the primaries from a total delegates’ list of 751, adding that there were no invalid votes.
Presenting Ize-Iyamu to the party members, primaries committee chairman thanked all PDP governors and members for their support which led to the success of the exercise.
In his acceptance speech, Ize-Iyamu commended the national leadership of the party and the electoral committee for transparency and fairness in the process.
He said that the fight to reclaim Edo would continue until the party produced the governor in the September election.
Before the collation of results, the three aspirants said that they were satisfied with the process, describing it as transparent, free and fair.
It would be recalled that Mr Godwin Edebiri had earlier emerged as the flag-bearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC)