BENIN—AHEAD of this weekend’s governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, trouble is brewing in the party as some aspirants have vowed to resist what they described as an alleged attempt by the leadership of the party to skew the exercise in favour of a particular candidate.

The aspirants raised alarm that the leadership of the party intends to use 18 ballot boxes for the 18 local government councils in the state rather than using one or two ballot boxes for the primaries.

The three aspirants who spoke to Vanguard yesterday, alleged that the idea was an attempt to intimidate the delegates who might prefer a secret ballot rather than voting according to their local governments which, according to them, would prevent the delegates from voting for a candidate of their choice.

It would be recalled, however, that the former Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, had last weekend, advised the five aspirants in the race to discuss amongst themselves so as to prune down the number.

Vanguard learnt that the National leader of the PDP has been working hard to ensure peaceful primaries of the party this weekend. Vanguard observed, however, that the aspirants have failed to agree on a particular candidate.


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