By Adibe Emenyonu
A former two-time member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Tony Aziegbemi, yesterday, emerged the new Chairman of the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He defeated his only rival in the contest for chairmanship, Mr. Felix Imoisil, during the party’s state congress held in Benin City, with 817 votes to 488 votes.
In the same vein, Mr. Hillary Osu was elected state Secretary of the party with 729 votes, while his rival, Omololu Ojehomon, scored 275 votes.
The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, was re-elected.
He pulled 631 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr. Osarenren Avarenren Goodluck, who scored 126 votes.
Speaking shortly after he was declared winner, Nehikhare told journalists that the election marked a new dawn for the party in the state, adding that the party is going to sit down to draw a strategy on how to move forward.
“The difference is that we are going to do things better, faster, sharper and more people-oriented and focused.
“It is a new dawn for the party and we are going to sit down and plan but don’t forget it is a new chairman, we are going to work according to his dictate. “His style may be different from that of Dan Orbih but we have to complement each other and make sure that Edo people respond to whatever message we give out”, he said.
Meanwhile, the member representing Oredo Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Ogbeide Ihama, has called on all PDP faithful to work with the new leadership of the party to move it to greater heights especially now that the governorship election is fast approaching.
He described the election which saw the emergence of the new leadership of the party as transparent and devoid of rancour’.