Police seal off venue of PDP factional governorship primary
Men of the Nigerian Police have cordoned off the entrance to stadium road by Akenzua junction with vehicles and the gates to the stadium locked.
Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is the scheduled venue for the planned governorship primary of Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benin.
Mathew Iduoriyekemwen and Rep. Johnson Agbonayinma are the two aspirants for the governorship ticket.
Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Chris Eziken said, “I am not INEC. It is too early to find out if the primary will hold or not. You can call me back in the afternoon to find out.”
Asked if INEC would witness the exercise, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Sam Olumekun, said only the national headquarters could comment on the matter.
A member of the Caretaker Committee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the primary would be held as scheduled but that they were looking for another venue.
The Ahmed Markafi-led PDP faction held its primary on June 20 at the same venue which produced Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as its candidate.
Ize-Iyamu defeated Iduoriyekemwen and Chief Solomon Edebiri at the primary, but Iduoriyekemwen later joined the Modu Sheriff faction after he faulted the process of the primary.