OrderPaperToday – The lawmaker representing Edo South Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly, Matthew Urhoghide, has lost out in his quest for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 National Assembly race.
Urhoghide, a second-term Senator, polled 103 votes at the PDP Senatorial Primary Election against 113 votes garnered by Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, a former State Assembly member.
Reacting to the development, Iduoriyekemwen described his victory as one for all members of his party, while appealing that they come together and work for the party’s victory during the general election.
The former Commissioner on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) went on to appreciate his supporters and the party delegates while promising to work for the party.
Urhogide, who currently chairs the Senate Committee on Public Accounts is reported to have declined speaking with journalists and left the venue angrily.
For the Edo Central Senatorial seat, incumbent occupant, Clifford Ordia emerged as the party’s candidate unopposed while in Edo North Senatorial District, Victoria Edelokun, also emerged unopposed.
However, following the crisis rocking the chapter of the party, parallel primaries were held for the respective seats across the State.
Other than the Senatorial Primaries conducted by the State Leadership of the party loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki, the faction loyal to Dan Orbih, the National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the party also held its primaries at alternative locations.
According to reports, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, the lawmaker representing Oredo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly polled 177 votes out of the 178 votes to pick the Edo South Senatorial ticket.
At the Edo Central Senatorial primary of the Orbih camp, Mike Onolememen, a former Works Minister, defeated Friday Itulah to pick the pary’s ticket.
A former Local Council Chairman, Pascal Ugbomeh, emerged winner of the Edo North Senatorial primary with 147 votes.