The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, September 22, announced the postponement of its nationwide State Congresses earlier slated for October 2nd to Saturday October 16, 2021.
The postponement of the State Congresses was contained in a terse statement by the Secretary of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John James Akpanuduoedehe.
Akpanudoedehe, who did not give any reason for the postponement said an updated timetable/schedule of activities and guidelines for the conduct of the State Congresses will be released to the public in due course.
Meanwhile a former legal adviser of the APC in Bayelsa State, Barr. Dennis Otiotio, has declared his interest to contest for the chairmanship position in the state chapter of the party.
Otiotio, who was also the Special Adviser on Legal Matters to former Governor Timipre Sylva, made his intention known on Wednesday when he obtained his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa.
The APC chieftain who was the party’s state agent in the 2015 governorship election in the state is believed to have the backing of Sylva to emerge as the next chairman.
Sources within the party said from all indications, the APC may go for a consensus arrangement to pave way for Otiotio who is considered to be a more experienced and loyal party man.
A source said: “Our leader (Sylva), seems to have settled for Barrister Dennis Otiotio because of their closeness and the trust he has for him. So, there might be a consensus adoption of his candidature.
“He is an experienced party man who has paid his dues and his loyalty too is unflinching. Recall the many roles he has played for the party, the risks he has undertaken and unlike many of our members who are PDP by night and APC by morning, Otiotio is not like that”.