Delta State Governor,Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark confirmed onSunday that peace and unity has been restored to the once factional PeoplesDemocratic Party (PDP) in Delta State.
Uduaghan and Clarkspoke separately at the birthday thanksgiving service and reception in honourof the State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN) at Otu-Jeremi.
The governor notedthat the presence of Clark, who he described as his father, at the event was aclear demonstration that the reconciliation between the two factions of theparty was not a fluke.
Uduaghan observed thatthere have been skepticism about the reconciliation in the party in the statebut stressed, “the presence of Clark makes a lot of statement that what ishappening is positive.”
He described hisdeputy as a, “very hardworking hard man. At very short notice I have askedhim to do this or that, and he has never grumbled. We all need to imbibe thevirtue of hard work because hard work pays. There is gain in hard work.”
Clark on his partsaid, “The Governor said my presence in the church makes a lot ofstatement. For very many years the PDP had been broken into faction and I havebeen heading one side.
“Sometime ago wedecided to reconcile so that we can all be part of one government. Today it hashappened. All the while the newspapers have been guessing.
“Today on the 65thbirthday of the deputy governor, I announce that we have reconciled. We are nomore going to be fighting on the pages of newspaper but as if I noticesomething wrong, as a father I will go to the governor and say you are notdoing well in this area.
“I want the deputygovernor to be able to say that it was in my birthday that we reconciled. I’mhere with about 40 members of my group; they are all here to say we are nowtogether.”
Clark also describedUtuama as a hardworking man, recalling how Utuama had worked under his ministrywhen he was a commissioner in the defunct Bendel State.
Utuama in his responsethanked God for the gift of the confirmation of the reconciliation and unity inPDP in Delta State, adding that he has every reason to be grateful to God forHis goodness and mercies.