The Edo State PDP primaries has ended in Benin city on a peaceful note with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu winning with a landslide in an election which the three aspirants described as free, fair and credible.
Solomon Edebiri came last scoring 38 votes. Matthew Iduorikemwen came second scoring 91 votes. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was declared winner after scoring a over 584 votes cast, making history as the highest winning margin so far in PDP gubernatorial primaries in Nigeria.
740 delegates were accredited for Monday’s governorship primary in three centres located in Benin, the state capital.
?The delegates drawn from the 192 wards in the state are expected take part in the exercise to elect a candidate to fly the flag of the major opposition party in the September 10 gubernatorial election.
The designated accreditation centre?s, are the PDP state secretariat on First-East Circular road, Emporium at the Johnson Bazuaye and Sons Estate on Boundary road and Okada House at Uselu, for delegates from Edo Central, Edo North and Edo South, respectively.
Three aspirants will contest? the primary election, which will hold at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin?.
They are a former Secretary to the State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu; a former member of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen; and the candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party in the 2012 governorship election, Mr.Solomon Edebiri.
The exercise will be chaired by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi.
Whoever emerges will face the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.