Former Deputy Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State, Cyril Ogodo has been elected the new state chairman of the party.
Ogodo, who hails from Sapele in Delta Central Senatorial District, defeated his close rival, Fred Obe, who hails from Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area, Delta South.
Ogodo emerged the state party chairman after a keenly contested congress election on Monday.
Aside from the chairmanship position which was contested, other positions were returned unopposed after a voice confirmation by the delegates.
While Ogodo scored 731 votes, Obe scored 99 votes. Thirteen votes were voided.
The Congress, which was held under tight security, was generally peaceful, as delegates from the 25 local government areas of the state filed out to elect the new State Executive Committee.
The exercise, monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, was conducted by the Eugine Udoh-led State Congress Committee approved by the APC National Working Committee.
Recall, last Saturday The New Diplomat had reported how an APC group led by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Great Ogboru were said to have elected state executives defying the party’s NWC which had given a directive postponing the Congress to Monday.