By Emeka Okafor
Veteran political strategist, and Special Advisers on Legislative and Plenary Matters and Political Affairs to the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Elder Omeni Sobotie, has been elected as Delta State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sobotie was elected alongside 35-man executive to run the affairs of the party during Saturday congress of the party held in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The congress was attended by party chieftains including Senator Omo-Agege; Senate Committee chairman on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi; founding leader of the party in the state, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor; Francis Waive, representing Udu/Ughelli constituency at the House of Representatives; among others.
However, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Olorogun Festus Keyamo (SAN) and others loyal to his camp were conspicuously absent at the congress.
The officers were elected unopposed by affirmation of the accredited delegates from the 25 local government areas through voice votes.
Chairman of the Delta State APC Congress Committee, Senator Ajibola Bashiru led other six members of the committee to conduct the congress which was observed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with heavy presence of security operatives.
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 what the peaceful conduct of the exercise, the party was set for victory.
In his acceptance speech, Sobotie thanked the party and the delegates for the opportunity to serve, assuring that the party was set for victory in the 2023 general electons in Delta.