By Simon Ebegbulem

MR Matthew Iduoriyekemwen yesterday emerged winner of the primary contest organised by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP.

He polled 481 votes out of the 677 delegates accredited while his only challenger, Mr. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma stepped down just before the exercise.

Iduoriyekemwen had earlier contested in the primaries organised by the Dan Orbih led mainstream of the party where he came second with 13% of the total votes in the contest won by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Yesterday’s rival primary was preceded by tension as the exercise scheduled to commence at 10 a.m. did not start until 3:35 p.m.

The police had earlier sealed up the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium venue of the exercise, preventing both delegates and journalists from entering the venue.

However, Vanguard learnt that instructions came from the police high command in Abuja to allow the exercise hold before the state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike ordered his men to allow the delegates enter the venue.

Ezike and the state Director of DSS monitored the exercise which was a one-way contest following the announcement by Agbonayinma that he was stepping aside.

However, the chairman of the governorship electoral panel and former Presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak claimed 677 delegates across the 192 wards of the state were accredited for the exercise.

His claim was reiterated by Dr. Cairo Ojougbo, who was on Monday appointed by Sheriff as his deputy.

In his acceptance speech, Iduoriyekemwen expressed gratitude to the National leadership of the party for its efforts to refocus the party in the state.

“We are taking the government back to our people. I thank all the delegates that came despite all attempts to stop us we remained unshaken through out the exercise. And we will continue to fight until we move to Osadebey Avenue come November 12.”

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