Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged winner of the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primary held in the state today.
The National Committee of the party for the conduct of the primaries, led by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State declared Ize-Iyamu winner.
The election was contested by only aspirants from Edo South, namely Chief Solomon Edebiri, Mr Mathew Uduoeyekemwen and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Of a total 713 votes cast, Ize-Iyamu emerged winner with 584 votes followed by Uduoeyekemwen who polled 91 votes while Edebiri garnered 38 votes. There was no void.
The election was witnessed by among others, the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and Jimi Agbaje, PDP governorship candidate of Lagos State in the last general election, who counted the votes at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the venue of the election.
Umahi commended the aspirants, delegates and Edo State PDP members for the peaceful conduct of the election declaring it credible, free and fair.
Ize-Iyamu, was the Secretary to the State Government under the administration of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion’s, while Uduoeyekemwen was Majority Leader in the House of Assembly at the time.
He will now face Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the September 10 governorship election in the state.
However, there are concerns that the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction in the state may also come up with their own candidate, a situation many analysts believe will not do PDP much good in the election.