DELTA State deputy governor, Professor Amos Utuama, SAN, has denied discussing his age, political ambition and where he hails from with former Minister of State, Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, whom he described as a pathological liar.
Gbagi, on Monday, told newsmen that he had nothing against Utuama other than protecting the interest of Urhobos and Deltans, and made statements that cast doubts on the state of origin of the deputy governor.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Augustine Avwode, Utuama said: “It is increasingly becoming clear, that Gbagi has a hidden agenda, not only against the person and office of the deputy governor of Delta State, but also against the Urhobo nation, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
“There is hardly any other way to interpret his unprovoked and relentless attack on the person of the deputy governor as far as 2015 is concerned, than to see it in the light of an execution of a grand design to divide the Urhobo nation and create unnecessary disaffection within the party in the state.
“Gbagi is a pathological liar driven by hallucination and illusion. First, at no time did Prof. Utuama tell Gbagi that he is from Udu; at no time did he tell Gbagi that he is from Bayelsa State; at no time did he discuss his age with Gbagi and at no time did he discuss his future with Gbagi.
“Secondly, Gbagi must be told that all the ancestors of Prof Utuama, his grand parents – paternal and maternal and his immediate parents were all buried in Otu Jeremi. His grand father was the Okpako Orere, of the town in his days. Besides, Prof. Utuama is a proud scion of the Okperon family, one of the 12 families that founded Otu Jeremi.
“Thirdly, it is true that Prof Utuama taught Gbagi Land Law at the University of Lagos, but wish to say that Gbagi was not one of such students one would cherish or remember on account of his brilliance. He was on the contrary a very dull student.”