By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South & Ochuko Akuopha
KWALE – FORMER Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, his successor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and the incumbent, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, met together publicly for the first time, weekend, since the rumour of Uduaghan’s purported plan to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, rocked the state and reconciliation of the duo by Ibori and other People’s Democratic Party, PDP, leaders in the state.
Party faithful, who were worried by what the wrangling between Okowa and Uduaghan almost degenerated to, were happy to see the duo sitting together again and smiling at each other at the 70th birthday anniversary/grand reception of Senator Patrick Osakwe and Ibori at his Ugili-Ama country home in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state with Ibori, the head of the Ibori political dynasty in the state ensuring there was no loose end.
From left Chief Kingsley Esiso PDP Chairman, Delta state, Prof. Sam Oyovbiare former Information Minister, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro Deputy Governor Delta state, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Senator Patrick Osakwe [celebrant] chief James Ibori,Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator Peter Nwaboshi and Chief BSC Elue at the 70th birthday ceremony of Senator Patrick Enebeli Osakwe at his residence, weekend. Photo: Nath Onojake.Osakwe at whose birthday anniversary and grand reception for Ibori that Okowa and Uduaghan got together had earlier told Vanguard, “The best thing that happened to the state and me in recent times was that Dr. Uduaghan did not dump PDP for APC.”
Both Ibori and Okowa said that PDP was one large family strengthened by brotherly love where an individual’s ambition cannot subsume collective interest.
Okowa in his address reiterated the readiness of the leadership of PDP in the state to continue to stay together as a family for the overall growth and development of the state.
Speaking, Chief Ibori said, “We must understand and know that Delta is a very complex state,” he said, urging those who have held elective positions for several terms in office to learn to give way for others.
Advising political office holders to imbibe the culture of visiting their communities on regular basis, he said: “If you go to Abuja and you stay there, or you go to Asaba and you stay there and you do not go home and when it is time for election, you come back home, do not call Ibori, Ibori cannot help you. Go and look for your delegates yourself.
“Go to your people and beg them to support you. Get your delegates ready because Ibori cannot help you. It is your people that will vote you. I have said it in private and said it in public that the governor cannot help you and Dr. Uduaghan cannot also help you.”