The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, on Wednesday, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would emerge stronger and more united in Bayelsa state after the ongoing party congresses.
Speaking in Yenagoa, the minister, who hails from the Ekeremor local government area of the state, said the peace that characterised the last ward congress in Bayelsa was a pointer to the party members’ preparedness to work together.
Lokpobiri commended the party members for their conducts during the last ward congress and appealed to them to repeat similar feats in the forthcoming local and state congresses.
He said the APC remained the only alternative platform to stop the “hunger affecting everybody” and “bad governance” in the state.
Lokpobiri said: “Everybody thought that Bayelsa was going to be a theatre of crisis but we are thankful to God that there is no crisis. Going forward as a party we will do everything possible to see how we can remain united and receive as many people as we come from a dying PDP.
“Everybody is feeling the effects of bad governance in this state. So, it is in the strategic interests of everybody regardless of where you come from that PDP is booted out. But the first step will we take is to take advantage of the congress to unite our party and create a new stronger and more united party”.
Lokpobiri said the priority of every member of the APC was to ensure that after the congresses, the party emerged victorious in the first rounds of elections in 2019.
He said it was unfortunate that violence marred the congresses in some other states but appealed to Bayelsa not to toe the path of violence.
He said: “We want to create a new stronger and more united party so that as we go into the first round of election, which is the National Assembly, presidential and state assembly elections, we will demonstrate to Bayelsans that this is the only way we can salvage our state”.
He commended the security agencies for ensuring peace at the last congress and the congress committee members for their conducts.
“We believe that this will be what we want to replicate in local government congress and the state congress”, he said.