Ojukaye Flag Amachree, a core loyalist and friend of Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation has emerged as the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State Chapter.
Amachree, former chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, emerged the chairman of the party in a consensus process at the end of its ward, local government and state congresses held on Monday.
The state congress which was conducted early hours of Monday, also elected S. N Azu as the State Deputy Chairman while Emeka Beke was returned as the state secretary of the party.
But Magnus Abe, a senator and some top members of the APC, in support of his governorship ambition boycotted the congresses, describing it as illegal and contempt of court.
The APC state delegate election which commenced 6a.m. at Elikohia Town Hall, also returned Chris Finebone as the State Publicity Secretary and Cyprian Chuku as the APC state Legal Adviser.
Okalikpe Napoleon was elected as the Assistant State Secretary and Imie Benson the state youth leader of APC. Declaring the results, the APC State Congress Committee Chairman, James Majit, commended the party members for conducting themselves peaceful for the state Congress and tasked them to be more proactive in taking the party to greater heights.
However, in his acceptance speech, the newly elected state chairman of APC in the state, who spoke on behalf of the elected state executives promised to work for the the unity and victory of the party in all elections in 2019.
Amachree said: “Quickly, I would want to thank God Almighty for this opportunity and for today. I would also want to thank the leader of our great party in the state and in the South South, and the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, for this wonderful opportunity.
“I also thank the immediate past chairman of this party, Chief Davies Ikanya, for a wonderful job he did, he has made my job easy. “With my emergence we will do everything within our power in making sure that in 2019 we will take over the Brick House.”