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Makarfi faction cautions INEC against recognising Iduoriyekemwen as Edo guber candidate

By Kelvin Ebiri (Port Harcourt), Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu and Michael Egbejule (Benin City)
04 July 2016   |   3:20 am
The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission against recognising Matthew Iduoriyekemwen...
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• Impasse in Accord over flagbearer
• Group seeks peaceful, credible poll

The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission against recognising Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, the candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party for the September 10, 2016 governorship election in Edo State.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Markarfi faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who briefed reporters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital at the weekend, maintained party’s standard bearer for the poll remained Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

He said it was indeed worrisome and curious that the judiciary could be churning out “indiscriminate” orders on the PDP crisis, describing the development as dangerous for the growth and sustenance of democracy in the country.

According to him, Sheriff was “duly removed” by the PDP National Convention which held in Port Harcourt in line with the party’s constitution.
Adeyeye argued that the amendment of the PDP Constitution only allowed the national deputy chairman of the party to take over in the absence of a substantive chairman.

In this regard, he stated that Sheriff should not have been made acting chairman in the first place.Also, controversy has trailed the emergence of media mogul, Don Pedro Obaseki as the flagbearer of Accord Party (AP) for the election.

In a statement the state chairman and secretary, Samson Isibor and Idehenren Emmanuel, disclaimed Obaseki’s candidature.Reacting, Obaseki told The Guardian yesterday that: “I guess the said state chairman is a paid impostor. The INEC-recognised National Chairman of Accord Party is Alhaji Lawal Mohammed Nalado. And the Edo State Chairman is Hon. Joseph Osa Omorogbe. Please verify from INEC’s official website. I have duly obtained the nomination from the party headquarters at Jos Street, Garki, Abuja and with INEC certification in Abuja. In fact the Abuja ceremony was aired on AIT network news on Friday.”

In a related development, security agencies, youths and relevant stakeholders must go against anything that could result in violence to make the exercise free, fair and credible.

President, Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration, Immigration, Development and Reintegration (IYAMIDR), Solomon Okoduwa who made the call at the weekend in Benin City, particularly challenged the security agencies on collaborations that could ensure effective policing of the state with a view to protecting lives and property of residents.

“We, the Edo youths call for proactive measures by security agencies. Concerns Youths Initiative commends the by Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike and his crack team led by Head of Anti-Cultism Unit, ASP Yusuf Ibrahim for their unrelenting efforts in fighting crime in the state which have drastically reduced youth involvement in crime and social vices in the state,” Okoduwa said.

He also urged security operatives in the state to double their efforts before, during and after the election, noting that youths were always victims of electoral violence and thus, should be sensitised and protected.