The Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has cleared 24 delegates for the party’ s non -elective national convention.
The delegates , drawn from the eight local government areas in the state, were selected through consensus by all the party’ s chapters in the council areas .
Party faithful on Saturday converged on the APC secretariat in Yenagoa , the state capital, to participate in the exercise by affirming the nominees presented to the congress committee through voice votes.
The Secretary of the committee , Mrs. Mildred Ezoh , who came from the national secretariat of the party, said the congress was either through ‘’election or affirmation’’ as recommended by the APC constitution.
Ezoh said the committee ’ s job was made easy by the decision of the party members to adopt affirmation in the state.
“ We came from Abuja for the exercise and we have done what we are supposed to do . It is either by election or by affirmation. I have been directed to conduct this election , ” she said .
The Chairman , APC , Bayelsa State , Tiwe Orunimighe , described the exercise as peaceful and devoid of rancour.
Orunimighe said the party leadership in the council areas consulted widely with all the stakeholders before submitting their lists , adding that they were required to present only three delegates from each council .
He said the exercise was devoid of crisis , noting that the consultations that produced the delegates were far – reaching.
He said aside from the 24 delegates , the state had other statutory delegates that would participate in the party’ s national convention.
Orunimighe stated, “ The exercise was smooth . We had no hitches. The only place we had a disagreement was in Ekeremor. But the disagreement was resolved . ”
Some members of the party described the congress as peaceful , commending the electoral committee and the party’ s chairman for its success.
It was observed that the congress was monitored by about 12 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission from the commission’ s office in Yenagoa , the state capital.