Relative calm has been reported in  various local government areas of Rivers State as materials and returning officers move into the grassroots.

Most party leaders are in their LGAs for the conduct of the Local Government Congress.

We have learnt that the Minister of Transportation and leader of the APC in the State, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi who visited Bonny Friday on official assignment is still in town.

Yesterday, officials despatched from the National Secretariat sorted out the materials, local government by local government to make for easy movement of the party’s electoral materials.

The Telegraph Correspondent who has been keeping an eye at the State Secretariat reports that most returning officers have left for their centres.

Already, delegates have assembled in most of the LGA headquarters, according to reports trickling in from parts of the State.

Godspower Igwe, a member of the APC in Eleme Local Government Area said, “The situation is calm. Delegates have gathered.”

From Obio/Akpor, Chikordi Dike told this newspaper that members were awaiting the materials to arrive.

“We, are set”, Dike who is a prominent leader of APC in the area remarked.

In Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, delegates have filed out.

Eric  Nwibani told the Telegraph, “The returning officer is on his way with the materials. We are waiting.”

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A returning officer who spoke to us said he has arrived Ogu/Bolo. He said there is calm in the area.

We have learnt from Andoni that the exercise is underway. A well placed party member who is on assignment outside his LGA disclosed that the process is on.

“Our people have gathered from what I am hearing. I am in touch with home.”

Engineer Loveday Onwugbuta who spoke with the Telegraph moments ago said, “Delegates are here now. The returning officer is being expected to arrive with the materials.

The Telegraph put a call across to Chief Emeka Beke who said the exercise in the area is, underway

So far, there are no reports of violence, the diversion of party materials either by party men or officials anointed to conduct the congress.

Party members after a long while are in the mood to exercise their franchise.

We hear that the turn out is impressive and the weather appears clement in most areas.

The Telegraph is monitoring the situation in the field. We shall be updating our readers with more facts as we obtain them. Keep a date with us.