- Governor Ibikunle Amosun's senior special adviser on political affairs Derin Adebiyi is the new chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state
- Adebiyi emerged the new leader after a peaceful congress in the state on Saturday, May 19
- The newly-elected chairman assured members that the new executive will ensure that the party retains power in the southwest state after 2019 general elections
Derin Adebiyi, a senior special adviser to Governor Ibikunle Amosun on political affairs, on Saturday, May 19, emerged as the chairman of the state executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun.
In a peaceful exercise, former Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Bashiru Fadayiro and Patrick Ogunde emerged Deputy Chairman and Secretary respectively.
A former media aide to former Gov. Olusegun Osoba, Wole Elegbede, equally emerged as the Publicity Secretary.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chairman of the Congress Committee, Rev. Peter Obadan, announced the result at the conclusion of the exercise.
He disclosed that a total of 1,749 delegates from 20 local governments in the state, were accredited and participated in the congress.
Obadan, who described the election as peaceful, said out of the total votes cast, 18 were voided, just as he commended the party members for giving good account of themselves.
In his acceptance speech, Adebiyi, said his exco would ensure politics of inclusion and work to ensure victory for the party in 2019 general elections.
Adebiyi, who assured that the new exco would obey the national leadership of the party, also said the party will be firm and not tolerate indiscipline, declaring “era of indiscipline is gone in Ogun APC”.
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He noted that the peaceful conduct of the congress was a reflection of outstanding leadership of Gov. Amosun, adding that the party will continue to follow the leadership style of the governor.
In his remark, Amosun, commended the former executives for their hard-work, endurance and sacrifice.
He urged the new executive committee members to continue working towards making the party formidable ahead of next year’s general elections.
Earlier, a governorship aspirant in the party, Jimi Lawal, in a chat with journalists, expressed confidence that the congress would produce capable hands to steer the party to success in 2019.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that Prince Abdullahi Abbas, the first cousin to Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi after a keenly contested election, emerged as the chairman of the state's chapter of the APC.
Alhaji Abbas, who is the son of the Galadiman of Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi before now served as commissioner of special duties to the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje posted a landslide victory over Mohammed Shehu, his opponent.
Prince Abdullahi Abbas secured 2,982 votes to clinched the party top job, on a day Alhaji Ibrahim Sarina polled 2,817 to emerged as the state secretary of the party.
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