2023: INEC dumps Alimikhena, Iduoriyekemen, Igbinedion for Orbih’s candidates

2023: INEC dumps Alimikhena, Iduoriyekemen, Igbinedion for Orbih’s candidates

September 21, 2022 Uncategorized 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday dumped the Governor Godwin Obaseki’s backed list of candidates for the 2023 national and state legislatives elections for the Chief Dan Orbih, the national South South Vice-Chairman of the party’s candidates.

The  list of the final candidates for the elections were released by the electoral body at its headquarters in Abuja.

Recall that the Edo state chapter of the party have been enmeshed  in internal crisis that resulted to conduct of parallel primary elections by the party in the state.

The parallel primary elections  led to court cases which the final adjudication of the case is currently pending at the supreme court.

A visit to INEC’s office in Benin City by the Daily Monitor revealed  that the electoral body, in its final lists dumped Obaseki’s candidates for the Chief Dan Orbih’s candidates.

The INEC in the list published on its  notice board said its action was based on court order.

Those that made the final list of candidates for the national and state  legislatives elections are Hon Pascal Ugbome, senatorial candidate for Edo North, Hon Ogbeide Omoregie Ihama, for Edo South and Hon Onolememen Michael Oziegbe, Edo Central senatorial district.

The lists for the Federal House of Representatives candidates are Hon Agbaje Emmanuel Dada Danladi for Akoko-Edo,  Hon Adams Nosa Toyaki, Egor/Ikpoba-Okha, Hon Omogbon Lucy Izoduwa, Ovia North East/Ovia South West.

Others are Hon Osobase Lewis, Esan East North/Esan South East, Hon Akhabue Felix Ehiguese, Esan Central/Esan South/Igueben, Hon Omo-Ikirodah Moses, Etsako East/Etsako West/Etsako Central, Hon Idugboe Efosa Sunny, Oredo federal constituency.

But also reacting to the development, the State Deputy Chairman of the party,  Harrison Omagbon, said the development has put an end to the recent presentation of certificates by the State Chairman of the party to candidates of Governor Obaseki faction of the party. 

“This put paid to what the Chairman did the other time. Some of us called Chairman that what he was doing was ultra vires. We didn’t want to take him up because it would have amounted to contempt on his part because the matter was in court. 

“Article 84(1) of the Electoral Act says that INEC shall (must) monitor all primaries and the constitution of the PDP says that the chairman of the ward is the chairman of the Congress Committee. The list of candidates they are parading, which ward chairman monitor their Congress?,he queried. 

In his reaction, State Chairman of the PDP,  Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, urged members of the Obaseki’s faction of the party to remain calm and await the final court decision on matter. 

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