Despite the heavy presence of the police earlier on Wednesday at the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium in Edo state, voting has commenced in the governorship primary election of the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A primary election had been conducted by the caretaker committee of the party led by Ahmed Makarfi on June 20 and Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerged victorious.
Ousted National chairman of the party, Sheriff however, rejected the validity of the primary election and proceeded to organise another one.
At the planned factional primary, voting commenced at 4:24pm, with 677 accredited delegates casting their ballot papers, according to their respective local government areas.
The primary election is in preparation for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Two contenders, Johnson Agbonayima and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen were cleared to contest by Sheriff’s group.
Before the voting commenced, Agbonayima who is a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Egor and Ikpoba-Okha constituency withdrew from the race leaving Iduoriyekemwen as the sole candidate.
Agbonayima explained that he decided to quit in the interest of the party.