On Friday, members of the Rivers State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress were sworn in by the National Working Committee.
Victor Giadom, Vice Chairman for South-South, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, National Chairman of the APC, and members of the NWC attended the inauguration, which took place at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja at around 1:30 p.m.
The ceremony took place two days after the APC National Working Committee disbanded the former state excos to make way for the ad hoc committee that will oversee the conduct of a congress to elect new state executive members.
The National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, announced the dissolution at the party secretariat on Wednesday.
Morka revealed that Chief Tony Okocha has been appointed chairman of the seven-man caretaker committee, with Eric Nwibani as secretary.
Chibuike Ikenga, Stephen Abolo, Silvester Vidin, Senibo Karibi Dan-Jumbo, and Miss Darling Amadi are also members.
After the oath-taking, Ganduje addressed the newly sworn-in officers and asked them to prepare for the difficult task of reconciling factions and members who had left the party.
The APC national chairman also tasked them with using the six-month period to create an enabling atmosphere for the congress, ushering in leadership at all levels.
He said, “I want to congratulate the newly sworn-in members of the caretaker committee. I am sure you are fully aware that since 2015, the APC has been suffering some setbacks in the areas of conflicts, litigations, and counter-litigations that finally resulted in the loss of our great party in Rivers State.
“So, this new NWC has taken a look at the issues pertaining to the party both at national and individual state levels and decided to reform the party. There is no doubt we have members who have been with APC since inception. Some left the party. Some prominent chieftains who left the party even contested against us in another political party. They now wish to come back. Those who left to form factions are also ready to come back.
“You can see that there is no better time to rejig the party than now especially under a new state party leadership and we have confidence in you. Part of the reform system we have introduced includes electronic registration of our members and we request that you pay attention to the electronic registration of our members and do some work to spearhead the exercise.
“We expect you to constitute various committees to get more members into the party. That is the work you should do and we expect you to create an enabling environment so congresses could be conducted for the emergence of leadership at local government, state, and even senatorial levels.
There should be no discrimination because you are a product of unity.”