OPP restructures state leadership ahead of election

OPP restructures state leadership ahead of election

The Chairperson for Other Political Party (OPP) in Eastern Equatoria State, Moi Isaac. [Theophilous Ochang, The City Review]

The Other Political Party (OPP) in Eastern Equatoria State restructured its body in preparation for the upcoming December election in December 2024.

In the letter highlighting the changes obtained by The City Review, Betty Awor was appointed the state deputy chairperson of the party, Otulio Assis Okeleki as secretary, Susan Achiro Awata as the director for administration and finance, Andrew Loliamamoi as the director for information and Joseph Virjilio as the director for planning and logistics support.       

The letter also indicated that Pious Lokoro was appointed the director for political affairs and mobilisation, Akii Longorimoi the director for youth affairs, Regina Nakai the director for women and gender, Taban Oliver the director for external affairs and Pasquale Ola the director for safety and welfare.   

The officials also appointed William Lokonyen as the county chairperson for Budi County, Jacob Atari as the chairperson of Torit County, John Lonya for Ikotos and Lokore Nelson for Magwi County respectively.

On Monday, Isaac Lokwabei, the chairperson for the Other Political Parties (OPP) in Eastern Equatoria State told The City Review that the restructuring was the first ever.

He said the officials who were running both the state and the county secretariats were doing so in acting capacities.  

 “Surely, this is the first of its kind since inception. We just put some on acting capacity because the formation was in various forms, and stages, they were ministers, commissioners appointed first and later on the legislatures. So, from that, we put some people acting but after the whole formation was not restructured in a formal sense,” he said.

He said the delay in the official formation of the party’s body was because of the party’s agenda which need to focus on inclusion of the minority groups such as the disabled and youth in all parts of the state.

 “We had to look into the representation of the counties and also consider other minority groups like the youth and that is why it takes time.”

According to Lokwabei, after the formation of the body, the party will seriously engage in the mobilisation and registration of members in all parts of the state.

He expressed his party’s commitment to an election, adding that the ground is ready to take part in the exercise.

“The stand of OPP is to hold the election,” he said, adding: “I think the ground is ready to go for election so that people can elect their people.”