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The Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday, directed primaries to choose contender for the Edo State House of Assembly and the House of Representatives elections.

The five-man advisory group for the House of Representatives and Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) primaries arrive at the PDP Secretariat in Benin City, Edo State, in the early hours of Sunday to direct the primary.

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The House of Representatives Primaries Committee chaired by Hon. Kolawole Shittu, while the EDHA Primaries Committee is led by Comr. Agbateyiniro Weyinmi Isaac.

The excersices was monitored by authorities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the 18 local government area of the state.

Speaking with newsmen before the beginning of the primaries at the PDP Secretariat in Benin City, Shittu said they are in Edo on the order of the PDP National Secretariat “to guarantee that the primary election is held in a quiet environment, ensuring a free and fair.”

On his part, Comr. Weyinmi Isaac noted, “We are here in the state to complete the obligation given to the Committee by the National Secretariat. We are helpful with every one of the materials expected to lead these primaries and the materials have been circulated to where they are expected to direct the primaries.”

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Likewise, Edo PDP Chairman, Tony Azegbemi said the party has guaranteed that representatives and competitors get a level-battleground, guaranteeing a free, fair and dependable primary election in the state.

As at press time, results from the political race were all the while being anticipated.

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Edo PDP holds different senatorial primaries

The crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), again showed up to wreak havoc on Monday, as the party held different senatorial primaries at various areas across the three senatorial regions.

Review that the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has been in constant disagreement with the national vice chairman (south) of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, over who controls the party in the state.

The showdown between the two groups has brought about a few court orders, controlling the adhoc delegates from taking part in the elections.

The group faithful to Governor Obaseki held its delegate election for Edo South senatorial District at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, while the Dan Orbih group stood its ground at an undisclosed venue along Airport Road.

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Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, a former member of the State House of Assembly and Ex-NDDC Commissioner, was chosen by delegates in the Obaseki faction primary, while the incumbent member of Oredo Federal Constituency, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama was chosen as contender for Dan Orbih group.

Iduoriyekemwen scored 113 votes to overcome his nearest adversary and two-time senator, for Edo South senatorial District in the national assembly, Matthew Urhoghide, who surveyed 102 votes.

Likewise, Clifford Ordia, the senator representing Edo Central District was chosen by the Obaseki camp, while the Dan Orbih camp chosen a previous Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, who scored 123 votes to overcome his competitor, Friday Itulah, previous speaker, Edo state House of Assembly, who scored 17 votes.

In the Edo north senatorial District, Pascal Ugbome accumulated 140 votes to secure the party’s ticket.

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