The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State on Saturday elected Mr. Tochukwu Okorie as its new state chairman.
Okorie emerged as the newly-elected Chairman by scoring a total of 1,240 votes to defeat his closets rival, Barr. Silas Onu, who scored a total of 260 votes.
Announcing the result, the Chairman, Ebonyi PDP State Congress Committee, Senator Ben Collins Ndu, said that a total of 1510 delegates were accredited adding that the election was a free and fair contest.
Ndu said that in PDP, there is no winner or loser in a contest and urged those who emerged victorious to extend the olive branch to anyone who might feel aggrieved by the outcome of the congress.
The South East Zonal Chairman of the party, Hon Ali Odefa, commended the panel for a peaceful, free and fair congress adding that the party will do everything to reposition itself ahead of the 2023 general election.
Hon Odefa described the outcome of the election as victory for all and assured the new leadership of the party of the readiness of the zone to assist the state to achieve victory in 2023.
The outgoing Caretaker Chairman of the party, Elder Fred Udogu, challenged the new leadership not to allow itself to be intimidated by the All Progressives Congress-led government in the state.
In a swift reaction, the chairmanship Candidate in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, State Congress, Barr. Silas Onu said he will challenge the outcome of the congress in the court of law.
Barr. Onu, who is the immediate past Caretaker Publicity Secretary, expressed sadness over the outcome of the election adding that a few individuals in the state hijacked the party.