He therefore described as rumour the adoption of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu by the commission as the party’s candidate for the September 10 governorship election in the state.
Sheriff’s faction of the party had presented Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen who emerged winner at his faction’s primary, as the party’s candidate for the election.
The commission said it took the decision based on a Rivers State Federal High Court, Port Harcourt’s judgement, which recognised the Ahmed Makarffi-led National Caretaker Committee.
It also said that unlike the Sheriff’s faction, it monitored the party’s primary that produced Ize-Iyamu.
Sheriff and Makarffi spoke on Wednesday when they played hosts to different political and professional groups on solidarity visit.
Sheriff, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, when Young Professionals from South-South visited him, described the adoption of Ize-Iyamu as PDP candidate as rumour.
He said, “We hear a rumour making the rounds that INEC has accepted another person as candidate of the PDP for Edo State governorship election.
“I hereby dispel the rumor and categorically state that INEC has not yet communicated such decision to us.”