By Sam Egwu, Lokoja
The local government delegate congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held across the 21 local government areas of Kogi state yesterday was peaceful and has further united the partyas, Governor Yahaya Bello had declared.
The exercise conducted to elect the statutory three national delegates from each local government was conducted amidst peaceful atmosphere, with many of the local government areas settling for consensus arrangement.
In Lokoja local government area, members of the party came out as early as 8:00am to participate in the exercise, which involved all card carrying members of the party.
Also in Kabba/Bunu local government area, the members of the party filed out peacefully to elect their delegates with the speaker of the state house of assembly, Matthew Kolawole participating.
It was also observed that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were on ground to witness the conduct of the congress.
Governor Bello noted that the peaceful atmosphere that pervaded the state throughout the exercise was an indication that members of the party were united.
The governor commended members of the party for their peaceful conduct throughout the congress, charging those that lost to closely work with the winners to lift the party.
Bello added that the APC remained the party to beat in the state as his government was ready to continue to implement programmes that would make living more meaningful to the people.
Speaking on the exercise, Speaker of the state House of Assembly Kolawole, said the peaceful conduct was an indication that the party is united.
The Speaker said the development showed that the party is better strategised to continue its political dominance in the state.
He also flayed report in some quarters that the congress had been canceled by the National Working Committee, saying the presence of INEC, security operatives and other political stakeholders was an indication that those peddling such rumours were out to destabilise the party by their falsehood.
Announcing the result for Kabba/Bunu local government, the returning officer, Babalola Fabunmi named Mr. Jerry Omodara, Bamidele Joloko and Grace Obamo as elected delegates.
Also in Lokoja local government APC Congress result, Adoga Ibrahim pulled 96 votes, Yabagi Aliyu 75, Hajiya Fatima Aliyu 89 to defeat two others as elected delegates.
Also in Ofu Local government area, Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Arome Adoji, enjoined the people to support the administration of Governor Bello in order to provide the needed dividends of democracy to the people.
Adoji stated this at Ugwolawo during the national delegates’ congress of the party.
Adoji who led the delegations of the state political appointees from the area to the programme expressed appreciation for peaceful conduct of the exercise.
The commissioner said the state has never had it good like this before in terms of infrastructural developments.