The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected a new State Working Committee (SWC) in a state congress, where Mr Desmond Akawor, a former Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea, emerged as the new chairman of the party.
Present at the state elective congress, which held at the Obi Wali Cultural Centre in Port Harcourt, were the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
National and State Assembly members were part of delegates who voted during the election leading to the emergence of Akawor as chairman.
It was gathered that, following the outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus, the PDP made preventive measures available by providing medical experts at the venue to run temperature checks on delegates and apply hand sanitizers on them despite the fact that there was no case of the pandemic in the state.
After the election, Akawor polled 2908 to emerge victorious as the Rivers State PDP Chairman. The Rivers State PDP Chairman noted that all the 39 party positions were elected unopposed.
In his remarks, the outgoing chairman, Felix Obuah, whose tenure would fully come to its end by May, thanked Governor Wike for his support that helped the party to be successful in the last six years while noting that the party had enjoyed unprecedented internal party democracy because of the leadership he had provided.
Also, Akawor, in accepting his new role as leader of the party was appreciative of the Rivers State Governor for creating the platform for peaceful congress in the state, hailing him as a worthy ambassador of the PDP through his superlative performance since 2015. Akawor promised that members of the new Rivers State Working Committee would serve the party and lead it to greater achievements.
Governor Wike, who spoke at the event, said: “We must continue to do what will sustain the hope our people have in government. If INEC conducts credible elections at any time, PDP candidates will win all the positions.
“The party must continue to support the State Government. Don’t allow anyone to deceive you into distracting the State Government. This is a time for governance.”
WIke further stated: “Loyalty is not by mouth, showing appearance or seeing the Governor regularly. Loyalty is by conduct and the things you do at the back.”
He noted that Obuah stood firm, despite all temptations, adding that since he became chairman, he has never wavered.
“If it was constitutionally possible for anyone to stay, we would have allowed Felix Obuah to stay. It is going to be difficult to replace Obuah,” he said.
He appealed to the new SWC not to lower the standard of performance set by the outgoing state executive. The Rivers State PDP Elective Congress was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).