Former SSG, Ize- Iyamu, emerges PDP candidate for Edo

Former SSG, Ize- Iyamu, emerges PDP candidate for Edo
June 21 06:06 2016

Former Secretary to the Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie
Ize-Iyamu has emerged winner of the Peoples  Democratic Party gubernatorial primaries in the state.

Ize-Iyamu, who decamped from the All Progressives Congress in 2014 after disagreeing with Governor Adams Oshiomole, defeated two other
aspirants – Solomon Edebiri;
and Mathew Iduoriyekemwen.

He had at different times served Oshiomole as SSG and Chief of Staff.

He was National Vice Chairman, South-South,
of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria
(ACN) and led Governor Oshiomhole’s
campaign for second term in 2012.

After he left the APC, he joined the PDP and
became Coordinator of the Goodluck/Sambo
Campaign Organisation for the 2015
presidential election.

According to the result of the primaries
announced on Monday by Governor Dave
Umahi of Ebonyi, Chairman of the
committee that conducted the
exercise, Ize-Iyamu, polled 584
votes.

His closest opponent, Mathew
Uduoeyekemwen, according to
Mr. Umahi, scored 91 votes while
Solomon Edebiri polled 38 votes.

Umahi said 713 delegates
were accredited for the primaries
from a total delegates’ list of 751,
adding that there were no invalid
votes.

Presenting Mr. Ize-Iyamu to the
party members, primaries
committee chairman thanked all
PDP governors and members for
their support which led to the
success of the exercise.

In his acceptance speech,  Ize-
Iyamu commended the national
leadership of the party and the
electoral committee for
transparency and fairness in the
process.

Calling the primary election a family affair, Ize-Iyamu  said the real fight to reclaim Edo State would
begin immediately.

Before the collation of results, the three
aspirants said they were satisfied with the
process, describing it as transparent, free and
fair.

The gubernatorial election is slated for September 10.