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Blow by Blow Account of PDP Delegates’ Primaries for House of Representatives in Edo State.

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Agene AKHERE, Benin

The incumbent legislator representing Esan Central, Esan West and Igueben, Hon. Patrick Ikhariale who is seeking reelection for third term in the lower chambers of the National Assembly Friday failed to make his dream come through.

In a delegates’ election adjudged as very free and transparent, the federal lawmaker polled 20 votes to lose to Chief Joe Edionwe, who scored 64 votes to edge out his opponents, while former national President of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Felix Akabue polled 37 votes.

Delegates in Oredo federal constituency elected Engineer Ogbeide Ihama as candidate of the party.

Also in Ovia Federal Constituency, Ms Omosede Igbinedion, the daughter of popular Benin chief and business magnate Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, emerged PDP candidate and beat others who contested along with her.

She scored 26 votes to beat her opponents who included the protégée of Chief Igbinedion dynasty, Hon. Victor Enoghama (8), the lawmaker representing Oredo East in the state house of assembly Mr. Patrick Osayemwen (8) and Osarentin Edosomwan who polled one vote while one Osahon Egiebor scored no votes

The incumbent lawmaker in the state assembly representing Ikpoba Okha constituency who wanted to contest for the House of Representatives seat Mr. Jude Ise-Idehen also lost.

He lost to Mr. Ehiozogie Agbonayieman (aka EJ) who scored 37 votes as against 26 votes.

Reports have it that Mr. Oladele Bankole-Balogun was elected as candidate of the party in Akoko Edo federal constituency.

He is to face the popular incumbent APC lawmaker in the House of Representatives and former President of NUPENG, Hon Peter Akpatason who is seeking re-election come next year.

In addition, Mr. Larry Ogieva defeated Chris Agbowanegbe; a former commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mr. Joe Atohengbe and Saturday Idehen respectively, to emerge the party’s candidate in Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde federal constituency.

In Owan Federal Constituency, former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Johnson Abolagba also lost his bid to return to the House.

Abolgba lost the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) ticket of the Owan Federal Constituency to Mr Ambrose Imoode by 41 votes to 29.

The former house member, who accepted the outcome of the primaries, vowed to ensure the party emerged victorious at the general elections.

He described the primaries as free, fair and credible.

“I whole heartily accept this result and will work with the party’s candidate who we all agreed to today.

“It is our party and what we just did was part of the process that will ensure we have a more united and strong PDP in Edo,” he stated.

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