JUST IN: Shaibu defeat 9 aspirants, wins Edo PDP primary election

On Thursday, the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convened a parallel congress and elected Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu, the state’s deputy governor, as the party’s governorship candidate in the September 21 election.

While some delegates were being accredited to travel to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for another primary election, another group of delegates met at a facility on Commercial Avenue in Benin City to declare Shaibu the PDP’s elected candidate.

They claimed they proceeded to the same accreditation place but were turned away by security. They further asserted that the list of delegates issued by the party’s national leadership was not the real one used for accreditation, stating that they observed names of people from Bayelsa State and opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) members on the list that was being utilized.

Declaring Shaibu winner of the parallel primary election, Bartholomew Moses said “during the counting of this primary election, Philip Shaibu has a score of 301 votes and, therefore, we hereby declare Philip Shaibu as the authentic elected candidate for this election in the PDP.”

The party members had barely finished their exercise when gunmen invaded the venue. They were dressed in vigilante outfits and came in several vehicles, including two black unmarked Toyota Hiace trucks, an unmarked white sienna, white Hilux and several other vehicles.

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They shot sporadically into the air and the the party faithful scampered for safety in different directions.

Before the parallel election, the delegates led by Festus Owu, had protested to the deputy governor’s official lodge, where they complained to him that they had been disenfranchised

Speaking to the protesting delegates, Shaibu said: “I appeal to all of you to be peaceful, I don’t want anybody to be injured, I don’t want anybody molested and I am happy the way you have conducted yourselves peacefully and have come to report to me that you were not allowed to be accredited but I want to tell you that no one man can determine the destiny of a people and by the grace of God they cannot disenfranchise you people.

“The law is clear that you people are the authentic delegates. Now that they have pushed you away, they want to go and replace you but I assure you that your votes must count, they cannot change and replace your names. I assure you that I will take your protest to the committee that is coming, but you must remain peaceful in everything you are doing.”

Speaking to journalists later, Shaibu also said: “I saw the crowd outside and I asked who they were and they said they are delegates, I said they should be directed to the venue of the accreditation but they said they were protesting because they have been sent away from the venue of accreditation and they won their election and they have their results. The election will hold and if a winner emerges with fake delegates, the election will not see the light of the day but if a winner emerges with the authentic delegates, there will be no problem, I am sure.”

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