BREAKING: Asue Ighodalo wins PDP governorship primary in Edo

Asue Ighodalo, a businessman, has won the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state.

Dauda Lawal, governor of Zamfara and returning officer of the election, declared Ighodalo winner of the primary poll on Thursday.

Announcing the results, Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara state, who is also the Chairman of the electoral committee, Edo PDP governorship primary election declared that Ighodalo polled 577 votes to defeat the deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu; Mr Anslem Ojezua; Mr Felix Akhabue; Mr Martin Uhomoibhi; Hajia Hadizat Umoru; Mr Osaro Onaiwu and Mr Arthur Esene to clinch the gubernatorial ticket of the PDP for the September governorship election.

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“I, therefore, declare Asuelimen Ighodalo the winner of this concluded primary today with a total vote of 577,” Lawal said

“Therefore, I hereby return him elected as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the upcoming election in Edo State. My brother, congratulations.”

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Ighodalo was the preferred candidate of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo.

Earlier, Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo, won the parallel governorship primary organised at his residence.

Bartholomew Moses, the returning officer, who announced Shaibu as the winner of the parallel primary election, said the deputy governor won the exercise with over 300 votes.

Some party delegates who arrived at the lawn tennis court of the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin City, the state capital, the venue of the primary, were reportedly denied access.

The delegates subsequently moved to Shaibu’s residence where a parallel election was held.

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