A factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff Friday, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise his candidate Mathew Iduoriyekwemwen as the party’s candidate for the September 10, Edo State governorship election or “face the music at the end of the day.”
Member representing Egor/Kpoba-Okha Federal Constituency, Hon Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, who submitted a letter on behalf of Sheriff to the commission, explaining why Iduoriyekwemwen should be accorded recognition however, declined to be specific on the kind of music INEC would face if it does not recognise him.
Addressing newsmen at the INEC premises, the lawmaker said the commission’s decision to publish the name of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who emerged from a primary election conducted by the PDP National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi as PDP candidate for the election was illegal.
“Today, I am challenging INEC to do the needful and be on the side of the law. We are not in a Kangaroo country. Nigeria is a great nation. Something good can come out of Nigeria. I have submitted a letter to the INEC chairman to as soon as possible, with immediate effect, put Hon Iduoriyekwemwen as candidate of PDP for the Edo governorship election because the court order has been struck out.
“Today, Hon Iduoriyekwemwen is the rightful candidate. So there is nothing more to say about this than for INEC to be on the side of the law, obey the law of the land. Anybody that refuses to obey the law of the land will face the music at the end of the day.
“There was a court order given recently by Justice Adeniyi of the FCT High Court. There was a case filed by Ize-Iyamu at the same court that has brought us to where we are now but INEC decided to place Ize-Iyamu as candidate of PDP; which is the Makarfi group.
“It is also on record that the Judgement given by Justice Abang, said that in law, Makarfi does not exist, that His Excellency, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is the authentic chairman of PDP,” he said.
He said the INEC’s legal department should advise the commission’s chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu accordingly in order for the “righful thing to be done”, adding that “INEC must obey.”
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