The Sheriff-appointed leadership of the Edo State PDP has said it would go on with conducting fresh governorship primary today and ignore the previous one which saw Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerging as the party’s candidate.
This comes despite statements from INEC that it would not be monitoring the planned primary.
Embattled Sheriff had suspended the state executives led by Chief Dan Orbih for three months and appointed a seven-man committee to run the affairs of the party, with Ebenezer Alabi, a former chairman of the party in Ondo State, as the state chairman.
Alabi, while addressing journalists in Benin City on Monday, insisted that Chief Dan Orbih’s led PDP executives remain dissolved.
He defended the actions of Sheriff saying he “invoked section 31, sub section 2E of the Constitution of PDP” to sack the Orbih-led executives.
He said: “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.”