Despite the Wednesday court judgment declaring the election and actions of Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman of the PDP as illegal, his faction has gone ahead to conduct a parallel governorship primary in Edo State.
Sheriff had declared the initial primary by the party in the state which produced Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party’s candidate as illegal, and announced a committee to conduct another primary.
The committee headed by Hope Uzodinma kick-started the voting process at 4:24pm, with 677 accredited delegates casting their votes, according to their local government areas.
Two aspirants were cleared to take part in the primary; Johnson Agbonayima and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.
However Agbonayima, member representing Egor and Ikpoba-Okha federal constituency announced he was stepping down Iduoriyekemwen.
The Ahmed Makarfi-led leadership of the party has always maintained that Sheriff is working with the opposition APC to destabilse the party, and spoil its chances to present a good fight in the Edo governorship contest.