Despite a ruling by an Abuja High Court that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC shouls accept and recognise on gubernatorial candidate from the Ali Modu Sheriff led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the INEC, instead rejected the name of the candidates submitted for the governorship election of Edo State by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party.
The Deputy Director in charge of Publicity and Voters’ Education at the commission’s headquarters, Mr. Nick Dazang, in a text message Punch Newspaper said INEC decided to reject the list based on the fact that it did not monitor the primary that produced the faction’s governorship candidate, Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekwemwen.
Meanwhile the commission had confirmed that it has accepted the name submitted by the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is the candidate of the Makarfi-led faction of the party.
The two factions had on Monday submitted names of their governorship candidates for the state to the to the commission.
He said that the commission had received the names of governorship candidates from 18 other political parties, apart from the PDP.
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He said, “As of this evening, we have received 19 candidates from 19 political parties for the Edo governorship election.
“These include the candidate of the Makarfi-led faction of the PDP. We received the candidate of the Makarfi-led faction because of the Port Harcourt court judgement plus the fact that we monitored its primaries.”