Tiwei Orunimigha, the elected party chairman, was a former Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa held its state congress on Saturday with the emergence of Tiwei Orunimigha as state chairman of the Party.
Mr. Orunimigha was a former Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
Also elected to serve on the State Executive Committee of the party are Eddy Julius as the Deputy Chairman and Martins Daniel as the Secretary.
Others include Edison Sogwe as the Youth Leader and Tonye Okio as the Organizing Secretary.
The congress was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and witnessed by five representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Also national officers of the party, led by Ekpeyon Ottu from Akwa Ibom, monitored the congress.
In his acceptance speech, the elected chairman noted that the decision of the delegates of the party to agree on a harmonised list of state executive members showed a new unity of purpose in APC.
He said with its united front, the party was poised to take over power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in 2016.
“With this election of a proper executive of the party, the problem in Bayelsa APC is gone.
“The journey to take over the Bayelsa State Government House has started.
“Let me remind our members that the APC is not an opposition party but the alternative in Bayelsa State,” Mr. Orunimigha said.
While outlining strategies of the party ahead of the 2016 governorship polls, Mr. Orunimigha said the party will soon organize a rally to welcome back to the state the former governor, Timipre Sylva.
Mr. Orunimigha said the rising discontent in PDP over automatic ticket in 2015 is a good omen for the APC.
“With all humility, we will sweep off the Dickson administration in 2016, APC is poised to take over in Bayelsa.
“The Ogas and Madams at the top (an apparent reference to President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience) choose who they want and when they want them,” he said.
Bayelsa is the home state of Mr. Jonathan who played a role in the exit of Mr. Sylva from office.
“If you are not chosen, you never serve your people. If they choose you, you will only serve Oga and Madam and not the people of the State.
“Bayelsa is being ruled with failed promises, they promised robust agricultural plan but what you have seen is a robust building of houses by their families and friends,” Mr. Orunimigha said.
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