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Sheriff Remains PDP National Chairman – Prof. Oladipo. Iduoriyekemwen Emerges Edo Guber Candidate


The National Secretary of the Ali Modu-Sheriff led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Adewale Oladipo, has debunked the insinuation that court sacked Sheriff ad National Chairman, Wednesday.
This as Matthew Iduoriyekemwen emerged the Edo governorship candidate of Modu-Sheriff faction, in the September 10 Edo governorship election.
Prof. Oladipo said contrary to media reports, that Wednesday’s ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja, annulled all appointments made under the 2014 amended constitution of the party, Sheriff remains the party’s National Chairman.
In a statement Wednesday, Prof. Oladipo said: “This is completely false and a clear misrepresentation of the ruling of the court as it never gave any ruling ousting the National Chairman.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the court only heard and delivered judgment on a matter concerning certain amendments in the PDP constitution, which has nothing to do with the election of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman or even that of his predecessor, Alhaji Adamu Muazu.
“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff was duly elected as the National Chairman of the PDP. He still holds office as the National Chairman and has not been removed by any court.
“We therefore urge those misleading the media and the unsuspecting public to desist from such. The media is also urged to always cross-check their facts before going to press,” the statement added.
In his ruling, Justice Valantine Ashi, declared as “unconstitutional, null and void”, the purported amendment of Article 47 Rule 6 of PDP Constitution, 2012, at a special National Convention the party held on Wednesday and Thursday, December 10 and 11, 2014.
It voided the said amendment on the basis that there was no compliance with mandatory provisions of Article 66 (2) and (3) of the PDP constitution.
“By reason of the above, the purported amendments introduced to the constitution on the aforesaid dates, are hereby set-aside.
“All persons, individuals, servants or agents of PDP parading themselves as national officers of the PDP pursuant to the purported amendment which has now been nullified are hereby restrained from further parading themselves in these capacities”, the judge ruled.
The judgment followed a suit marked FCT/HC/CV/1867/2016, which was lodged before the court by a chieftain of the PDP in Ondo state, Chief Joseph Jero. PDP was cited as the sole defendant in the matter.
Meanwhile, former Majority Leader of Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, has‎ emerged the governorship candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Edo State September 10 gubernatorial election.
Thee second contestant in the primaries, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma had stepped down for him, Wednesday evening.
Iduoriyekemwen scored 481 votes to become the party’s flag bearer.
Former political Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Chairman of the Primaries Election Panel, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak‎ who announced the result, said of the 677 accredited delegates, 502 delegates voted.
He said 21 of the votes were invalid while 481 valid votes were cast for Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.
Gulak therefore, declared him winner and returned him as the PDP candidate for the Edo gubernatorial election, saying that a certificate of return signed by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff and the party Secretary, would be issued to Iduoriyekemwen in Abuja.
In his acceptance speech, Iduoriyekemwen said the outcome of the primaries “is the beginning of the real change in Edo State.
He expressed gratitude to the National leadership of the party for coming to conduct the primaries, even as he praised the Modu Sheriff led Executive for not going the way of lack internal democracy and impunity, which he said almost destroyed the PDP.
The governorship candidate who thanked the delegates for not wavering in spite obstacles, earlier in his speech before voting commenced, said “this is the time when we must come together to build, to take Edo to the path of greatness, to elect a candidate with sense of responsibility”.
While saying that it was the responsibility of government to make citizens happy, Iduoriyekemwen said Edo State will become a state of excellence if he was elected, adding that it was time the party elected a governorship candidate that “is a true party man”.
Gulak who also addressed the delegates before voting, gave a historical background to Ali Modu Sheriff’s emergence as National Chairman of PDP and said he successfully conducted Ward, local, States and Zonal Congresses for the party.
He said the law recognizes Modu Sheriff as the authentic Chairman, adding that the candidate that would emerge from the primaries was the authentic governorship candidate of the party.
Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr. Cairo Ojubou in his speech, said for the benefit of Nigeria, the primaries is the only authentic primaries of the party, adding “the only authentic Chairman recognized by law is Ali Modu Sheriff”.
He therefore, pleaded with other members of the party to support him to stop impunity in the party.
Dr. Ojugbou who commended security agents for being stringent by allowing only accredited ‎delegates to the venue, said Modu sheriff’s only for which some members of the party are fighting him is that he does not want the party’s presidential candidate handpicked in 2019.

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