PDP shuns Shaibu, presents certificate of return to Ighodalo Tuesday

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The People’s Democratic Party will on Tuesday present Certificate of Return to its Edo State governorship candidate, Asuerinme Ighodalo.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, disclosed this on Monday in a statement.

The statement is, however, silent about the fate of the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, who also reportedly emerged candidate in a parallel primary held on the same day.

The statement read, “Following the successful completion of the Edo State governorship primary election and the ratification of the exercise by the appeal panel, the National Working Committee of our great party, the People’s Democratic Party, hereby announces the presentation of the Certificate of Return to Dr Asuerinme Ighodalo, the elected candidate of our party for the September 21, 2024 governorship election in Edo State.

“The Certificate Presentation ceremony is scheduled as follows: Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024; Venue: National Executive Committee (NEC) Hall, Wadata Plaza, PDP National Secretariat, Abuja; Time: 12 noon.

“The national leadership of the PDP commends all leaders, critical stakeholders, and members of our party in Edo State for the peaceful and successful conduct of our governorship primary election in the state.

“The NWC charges all members to be guided by the above-stated date and time and continue to work together to ensure victory for our party and candidate in the forthcoming election.”

Ighodalo, a former chairman of Sterling Bank, emerged as the winner of the PDP primary election in the state.

Ighodalo was elected at the delegate election of the party held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

But Shaibu held a parallel primary elsewhere and was declared the parallel winner.