The APC secretariat is already marked for demolition.
By Arodiegwu Eziukwu
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken steps to assert itself in President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state of Bayelsa.
The party formally berthed in Bayelsa on Wednesday following the opening of its secretariat and hoisting of its flags.
The APC secretariat building is located in the Tombia area of Yenagoa in a building marked for demolition by the Bayelsa State Government and owned by Richard Kpodo.
The hoisting of the APC flag was performed by party loyalists on Wednesday and the sign post mounted afterwards.
The hoisting of the flag and the signboard attracted attention among the residents and passersby, a development that led to build up of a crowd to watch and discuss the arrival of APC in the state.
Many politicians and residents came to take a look at the secretariat shortly after the news the filtered into town.
Richard Kpodo, Interim Chairman of the APC in Bayelsa, said the hoisting of the party’s flag and the unveiling of the secretariat is an indication of the seriousness of the party to claim the state.
“We have started with the unveiling of our secretariat and will officially open it soon,” he said.
Despite the unveiling of the secretariat, a struggle is ongoing among party faithful for the control of the party in the state currently being led by the Peoples Democratic Party. Pioneer members of the APC are battling loyalists of former governor Timipre Sylva for control of the party.