The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Ebonyi state, Saturday, elected Hon. Tochukwu Okorie, as the new chairman of PDP in the state.
Okorie, according to the Chairman of the Congress Panel, Senator Ben-Collins Obi, got a total of 1,240 votes, while his opponent, Hon. Silas Onu, got 260 votes.
Obi, also announced the emergence of Ifeanyi Nworie and Luke Nkwegu, as Deputy Chairman and Secretary respectively having got a total of 1,502 votes each.
The new executives who will pilot the affairs of the party for the next four years, were at the venue of the election- Peoples Club Abakaliki, inaugurated by the National Vice chairman, (southeast) of the PDP, Chief Ali Odefa.
Obi, in his speech noted that there was no winner nor loser in the contest. He charged those who emerged winners to carry everyone along.
“It is a great honour to be asked to chair this panel. Every successful beginning must have an end.
“The battle has been won and lost. But in our party as a family, nobody lost. But in a contest, somebody is bound to be angry.
“I urge winners to show magnanimity in victory. Create an opportunity for reconciliation. Bring them on board because in unity we stand.
“We need them to win election. And this is my appeal,” Obi appealed.
In his inaugural speech, the newly elected chairman Okorie, promised to return the state to PDP in 2023.
“We shall work to ensure that we build a strong PDP that will spur the party to victory in the state in 2023.
“We have internal dispute resolution mechanism, which we shall apply to reconcile aggrieved members,” he added
Some of the PDP stakeholders in attendance at the Congress were Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former President of the Senate, Senator Sam Egwu, representing Ebonyi North Senatorial District; Senator Obinna Ogba, representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial District; and Senator Ama Nnachi, representing Ebonyi South Senatorial District.
Also, Anayo Nwonu, representing Ezza North/Ishielu constituency in the lower chamber and Livinus Makwe, representing Ohanivo federal constituency.