Former chairman of Esan North East Local Government, Mr. John Yakubu, has emerged as the consensus running mate to the PDP candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
The decision on Yakubu was reached at the weekend, in Benin at a meeting of party elders, with Ize-Iyamu in attendance.
Others in attendance at the meeting were notable politicians from the Edo Central district, who had been touted as likely running mates such as Friday Itulah, Hon Akhere Ugbesia, Hon Felix Akhabue, Barrister (Mrs) Philomena Ihenyen, Felix Imosili and Yakubu himself.
Also present at the meeting were the state chairman of the party, Dan Orbih and leaders of the party across the three senatorial zones of the state.
Reports have it that a consensus agreement was reached to pick Yakubu as the running mate. Majority of the leaders of the party endorsed his candidacy.