Twelve years after the inauguration of Chief Dan Orbih as the Edo State chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a new state executive council has been elected to pilot the affairs of the in the state for the next four years.
Mr Tony Aziegbeni, a former House of Representatives member emerged as the new state chairman after polling 817 votes to defeat his closest rival Mr Felix Imoisili, who polled 488 votes in a keenly contested election.
The state congress committee was presided over by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state who was represented by Mr Babatunde Oduyoye, Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Strategy and Political Matters, Makinde.
Other members of the state new executives as announced by the chairman of the state congress committee are Mr Hillary Otsu, state secretary.
Otsu polled 739 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mrs Omololu Ojehomo who polled 275 votes.
Mr Harrison Omagbon polled 770 to emerged the Deputy State Chairman of the party against his rival Mr Emmanuel Okpobor who polled 234 votes.
ALSO READ: Lagos explosion: Sanwo-Olu briefs Buhari
Other members of the state executive include Segun Saiki, Vice Chairman, Edo North who was returned unopposed, Edo Central, Anthony Okosun, also returned unopposed and Edo South, Nosa Ogievia who polled 701 votes to defeat his rival.
For the state legal adviser, Mr Esene Idemudia won with 175 votes against Mr Jimi Osagiede who scored three votes while the incumbent publicity secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare polled 631 against his opponent Mr Avarenren Goodluck who scored 126 votes.
Similarly, Mr Fidelis Igenegbale won the position of the financial secretary with 626 votes against his opponent, Mr Oboh Adekunle who scored 127 votes.
The state women leader position was also retained by Mrs Lindsay Tes-Sorae while the state organising secretary, state treasurer, assistant organising secretary, assistant legal adviser, youth leader and auditor were returned unopposed.
Buoyed by the smooth outcome of the congress, Makinde who rated the exercise as very successful urged the party members to avoid the Kogi experience.
He said that the exercise has placed the party in a better position to strategize to take over office first in Edo, then Ondo and the presidency in 2023.