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The immediate past Deputy State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chief Cyril Ogodo, Monday, 22/5/2018 polled 731 votes to emerge the new party chairman with a promise to unite members in order to install an APC government in Delta state come 2019.
Ogodo, who beat his closest rival Engr. Fred Obe who polled 99 votes in the keenly contested, thanked Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Engr. Hyacinth Enuha, AVM Frank Ajobena, (rtd) NDDC Executive Director, Project, Engr. Sam Adjogbe, the Congress Committee and other leaders of the party for carrying out a good job.
The new Chairman noted that it’s only in Delta state that a free, fair and peaceful congress was held where representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and National Working Committee of the APC were present.
He thanked Engr. Fred Obe who contested against him for accepting the results. “Your boldness for contesting for the APC state chairmanship seat with me shows that you are a man with a big heart who I can work with. Let us go home and be more united to install APC government in Delta state come 2019.
The congress which ought to have been held last Saturday was postponed till Monday, May 22, 2018 by the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.
Chairman of the congress committee, Eugene Odoh, said Chief Ogodo who is the immediate Vice Chairman of the party, pulled a total of 731 votes to beat his only rival, Fred Obe who had 99 votes out of 1,439 votes, 10 of which were declared as void votes.
Speaking on the conduct of the exercise, leader of the party in the state, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor said: “We have gone ahead to obey the NWC, which postponed the congress for today (Monday).
He thanked party leaders present at the congress for keying into the ‘unity train’ of the party in Delta state, “although there are some persons in the state who do not want to join the unity train”, he noted, pointing out however that “At the end of this exercise, the appeal committee will come and review what has been done before the results would be taken to Abuja for certification.”
Emerhor said, “now that we are through with the election of new executives for the party, we will reach out to them to reconcile them into the unity train because we have the PDP to fight and if we don’t reconcile, it will be difficult to unseat the PDP in Delta state.”
On their part, former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, RT. Hon. Victor Ochei and Engr. Hyacinth Enuha described the congress as the best they have ever witnessed as politicians.
Also speaking, APC governorship aspirant in the state, Hon. Victor Ochei said: “The organization, voting and process has been fantastic and am impressed that everyone is here to witness what a real state congress is.”
Applauding the success of the congress, Chief Hyacinth Enuha, said: “Beyond all expectations, we have had a successful congress and we give credit to the leader of the party in the state, Olorogun Emerhor for the organization of the congress.”
In his acceptance speech, the new chairman while applauding his opponent for accepting the outcome of the result, said: “It’s only in Delta State that an election was conducted and a winner emerged.
“Let us now go home and be united so that we can be able to install an APC government in Delta come 2019.”