ABONNEMA (Rivers State) – The Rivers chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) has held a special congress in the 319 wards in the state to enlighten members on the February elections.
Mr Paul Awoyesuku, a former commissioner in the state, told members at Ward 11, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, to be steadfast and focused ahead of the February elections.
He said the congress was to allow interaction with members on the importance of the election and the need to vote all candidates presented by the party.
Awoyesuku, a former chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government, also urged members not to be distracted by other parties.
At Ward 8, Akuku-Toru Local Government, a former Chairman of the state Environmental Sanitation Authority, Mr Isobo Jack, said the congress was aimed at educating party members at the grassroots on the importance of the February elections.
‘’ This is a new innovation by our party to educate members at the grassroots.
“ We believe that members should know who their candidates are and cast their ballot for them on election day,’’ he said.
A member of the state House of Assembly, Benibo Anabraba (APC- Akuku-Toru), said members of the party were impressed with the interactive sessions taking place in all the wards in the state.
He said members should know their candidates for the various elective positions from the national to state levels and vote for them on election day.
Mr Sammy George, the Chairman of Ward 3, Buguma , Asari-Toru Local Government, told members of the party to vote massively for all their candidates on election day.
‘’The aim of the congress is to enlighten members on the February election. We urge members to know the party’s candidates for the various elective positions and vote for them,’’ he said.
The Chairman of the party in Asari-Toru Local Governmen Area, Chief Opuda Fred-Horsfall, said members had been properly educated.
He said the ward congress had lived up to expectation because the turn out was massive and members freely expressed their views.
The Secretary of the APC in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Mr Samuel Ikiriko, gave an assurance that members would vote for the party’s candidates.
“ We are happy with this interactive meeting and members have agreed to start door- to-door campaign to sell our candidates to the people and strengthen our party’s position ahead of the elections,’’ he said.