Rufus Bature, former Secretary to Plateau State Government, has emerged as the new elected Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau state.
Bature who was also Minority Chief Whip of Plateau House of Assembly emerged Saturday night as a Consensus Candidate of the party after all other Chairmanship aspirants from the northern senatorial district of the state stepped down for him to emerge as the new party Chairman in the state.
Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong at the end of the state Congress of the party during which the new exco of the party emerged, described the All Progressives Congress as one big family in Plateau State.
According to Lalong, APC remains a beacon of democracy and the hope for the peace, progress and unity of the State and the nation at large.
Governor Lalong Commended the level of maturity and seamless conduct demonstrated by members, saying what they have displayed clearly shows the strength of the party in the State and the unity of its members.
Lalong added that the peaceful conduct of the State Congress which was through consensus shows how committed the members are in galvanising all differences and working together for the common interest of the party.
According to him, such unity of purpose has been responsible for the continued acceptance of the party and its consolidation in Plateau State, which accounted for the recent overwhelming victory of the APC in the recent Local Government elections that enabled the party to win in all the 17 Local Government areas of the state.
While urging the new State party Executives to work in synergy with other party officials at the Local Government, Ward and Unit levels, Governor Lalong emphasized the need for them to carry along all members and be fair, honest and transparent in all their dealings.
On his part, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Idris Wase and other APC political leaders described the just-concluded State Congress of the party as yet another record breaker in the successes achieved by the party in the State.
They said the success recorded in the Saturday state congress of the party has clearly shown that the APC remains the biggest party in the State and across the nation with a clear capacity for more victories in forthcoming elections.
They urged members of the party to come together and embrace reconciliation and be patient in supporting the elected party officials to deliver on their mandate.
Responding on behalf of the newly elected State Exco, Chairman-elect Hon. Rufus Bature, the immediate past Secretary to the Government of Plateau State and one-time member of the State House of Assembly expressed appreciation to the members and leaders of the party for electing them.
He said the fact that their election was done through consensus without challenges means that the party has fully evolved and is taking major strides in good governance, inclusivity and fairness to the citizens.
Bature specifically thanked Governor Lalong for giving the State the needed leadership that has endeared APC to the people and continued to give them hope.
He said the new party exco will support Governor Lalong and also carry along all members of the party at all times and also avail them a level playing field for aspiring to any position.
The election was conducted by the APC State Congress Committee set up by the national body and witnessed by INEC.
The new party Exco has 36 members.