By Ovasa Ogaga,
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC and One-time Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Engr Omeni Sobotie on Saturday emerged as the State Chairman of the party at the Congress which was held at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba.
The State officers were elected unopposed by affirmation of the accredited delegates from the 25 local government areas which began at 11:50 am through voice votes, in a nationwide State Congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC held across the country, Saturday, held in Delta State in a peaceful and rancour-free atmosphere.
Others elected at the congress conducted by the Congress committee headed by Senator Ajibola Bashiru, observed by officials of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC were; Chief Paulinus Akpeki as Chairman of the party in Delta Central, Ogbueshi Adizue Eluaka, Chairman, Delta North, Mr Austin Orighoye, Chairman, Delta South, Mr Nick Ovuakporie, State Secretary, Mr Valentine Onojegho, State Publicity Secretary and 30 others.
Addressing delegates, Bashiru said though the offices were unopposed, paragraph six of the guidelines for the congress provided that there should be affirmative voting, adding that the peaceful conduct of the exercise portends victory for the party in the state in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
Present at the congress were the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Olorogun O’Tega Emerhor, Chief Frank Ovie Kokori, Revd Francis Waive representing Udu/Ughelli constituency at the House of Representatives, among others.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the congress, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, said: “the Congress is very peaceful; members conducted themselves in a very good manner”, saying that; ” the new executive will embark on reconciliation exercise with a view to placating all agrieved members”.
Omo-Agege expressed optimism that the party would secure victory in the 2023 elections, congratulating all those elected as State officials of the party in the state.
The newly elected State Chairman of the party, Engr Omeni Sobotie, thanked the party and the delegates for giving him the opportunity to serve.
Sobotie assured that he would not betray the confidence reposed on him, assuring that the party was set for victory in the 2023 general elections in Delta.
However, some notable party leaders like, Olorogun Festus Keyamo (SAN), Hon. Dr. Alex Ideh and Hon. Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, 2019 APC Governorship Candidate, Delta State, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly and ED, NIMASA were absent at the congress