JUST IN[PRIMARIES]: INTRIGUES ON DELEGATES LIST, PDP CHAIRMAN SHOT DEAD IN…[PHOTO]
Eagle’s News reports that the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 5 in Oredo local government area of Edo state, Tunde Igbinoba, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
As contained in viral news,the PDP chieftain was reportedly killed on Monday by unknown gunmen at the venue of the party’s primaries.
Eagle’s Sight News confirmed that the PDP conducted both State House of Assembly and Federal House of Representatives on Monday across the 36 states and FCT.
Details of the incident were sketchy as of press time, but sources said that violence broke out following a heated argument over the validity of the delegates’ list to be used for voting in the constituency, which resulted in sporadic shootings.
Eagle’s Sight News understands that there are crises within the PDP in Edo over supremacy between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki and National Vice-Chairman, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih.
According to Newsflashuk, last week Tuesday, May 17, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the National Chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) among others to ensure that only those who emerged as delegates in the ad-hoc delegates’ election monitored by INEC in Edo State partake in the party primaries to choose candidates for the various elective political offices.
The order was made by Justice I. E. Ekwo on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, and was upon an exparte motion brought by some of the special delegates on the behalf of others.
The delegates, who brought the motion are all believed to be aligned with Chief Dan Orbih who is in control of the mainstream of the party in Edo State. Attempts by those aligned to Governor Godwin Obaseki to wrest control of the process have largely been unfruitful with the party base remaining cohesive under the patronage of Orbih, the former state chairman now national vice-chairman, South-south.
The plaintiffs, who brought the case on behalf of the 19 National Delegates were Fred Attah, Henry Amienkhenan, Gideon Ikhine and Prince Tijani Ugbodaga.