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Matthew lduoriyekemwen, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Edo State and former governorship aspirant in the 2016 governorship election, has resigned his membership of the PDP.


Iduoriyekemwen, who was a member of the Alhaji Ali-Modu Sheriff faction, before the Supreme Court’s verdict which gave Ahmed Makarfi-led faction victory, announced his resignation from the party while addressing his supporters in Benin City on Tuesday.

He disclosed that he had tendered his resignation letter to the leadership of the party, both at the State and national level, adding that his next line of action would soon be made public.

“This decision has not been easy, but I have decided that it will be in the best interest for my political career, business and family. It is with nostalgia that I came to this decision which I believe will suit my political interest and those of my numerous supporters across the length and breadth of Edo State and beyond.

“To resign from a party that I participated in its formation in 1998 and remained a steadfast and loyal member and leader till my exit this day, I believe that the PDP which we formed years ago is no longer the PDP we have today, after it was hijacked by persons who run the party as their personal estate,” he said in his resignation letter.

Iduoriyekemwen, who was a former Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, later became the State’s representative in the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Though he did not disclose his next political move, it is being rumoured that the former governorship hopeful and his supporters may soon join the All Progressives Congress (APC).



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