The Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  arrived Benin, the Edo State capital on Friday  to conduct another governorship primary election for the party’s aspirants.

The members of the ad hoc delegates committee were lodged in one of the three star hotel in GRA where they were seen putting finishing torches to arrangements for the conduct of the election of ad hoc delegates that will vote during the primaries scheduled for Thursday this week.

Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi ,Chairman of the committee and former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, with other members of the committee,  told journalists that all was set for the conduct of the ad hoc delegates’ election today, adding that his committee had met with some ward and local government chairmen of the PDP ahead of the exercise.

He said that since their arrival in Benin on Friday, his committee had been able to take necessary steps ahead of the exercise, pointing out that they have met with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and have intimated security operatives  of their mission in Edo State.

Gbolarumi said that his committee and other committees that would be coming to Edo State for the purpose of the primary election would  not be working with the Edo State Working Committee of the party.

He said that from the 192 wards, they would elect their delegates saying, “We have met some ward and local government. People are beginning to know the truth of the matter.

“Right now, Sheriff is the authentic chairman of the PDP. Whatever they (Makarfi faction) are doing, it is not recognized by INEC. I doubt if INEC monitored their primaries.

“By Monday, we will finish with the ad hoc committee thing. Then, the screening committee will also do their work. Then, the committee that will conduct the primaries will take it up from there.

“The national headquarters of the party has already suspended the Edo exco of the PDP. Since they have been suspended and a caretaker committee has been inaugurated, we don’t have any business to do with the now suspended state exco.

“We will be dealing with the newly inaugurated caretaker committee. They will soon be around. Screening committee is coming, the primary committee is also coming. We are coming to tell the people that Modu Sheriff is in charge, ” Gbolarumi said.

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