March 4, 2018, marked a new beginning as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State held to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party.
Again, barely three weeks after the reconciliation meeting, the party faithful in the local government gathered to consolidate on the reconciliation of aggrieved members in a unity meeting organized by the leadership of the party.
The enlarged meeting, which was well attended at the party’s secretariat at Isiokolo, had in attendance, state Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Barr. (Mrs.) Mary Iyasere; Member representing Ethiope Federal Constituency, House of Representatives, Hon. Lovette Idisi; Member representing Ethiope East Constituency, state House of Assembly, Hon. Chief Evance Ivwurie; the local government Chairman, Chief (Mrs.) Faith Majemite; party leaders, Chief Mike Adiotomre; Chief Bernard Edewor; South-South Woman Leader of PDP, Mrs. Tessy Torru; Chief Esiekpe Young, Chief Tony Oboro, Barr. George Orogun, other party leaders, the 11 party ward chairmen and executives, women and youths in the party among others.
Speaking at the unity meeting at Isiokolo, state Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Barr. Mary Iyasere, enjoined all to sustain the party’s unity, adding that the party could only grow to enviable heights if they worked as a cohesive unit.
While commending all party faithful for submitting themselves for a peaceful co-existence, Iyasere urged them to perceive life as ‘ turn by turn’, noting that ” Today is another persons turn to lead, but tomorrow will be your own turn, so; you must support your leaders to succeed as same good fate awaits you in the nearest future.
” I want to specially thank you all for exhibiting a high level of unity during the town hall meeting. Your actions really impressed the governor and I want all to sustain this existing unity in our great party so that we can continue to reap more democracy dividends.”
” Yes. Without doubt, the governor has performed exceptionally in terms of projects delivery to Ethiope East. But, again, more projects will come if we can deliver Ethiope East in 2019 and the only way to do that is to deliver block votes and as such there is need to unite as a common front. I want you all to work as a cohesive unit in the interest of Ethiope East.”
She explained that the party does not belong to any individual in the local government, but to all party faithful, insisting that for the fact that it belonged to all was more reason all hands must be on deck to deliver a landslide victory for Governor Okowa and all PDP candidates come, 2019.
Iyasere assured the people that if they worked hard to deliver the governor come 2019, they would be surprised at the level of development that the governor would bring to the local government.
While urging all party faithful to eschew politics of bitterness and perceive each other as brothers and sisters, the commissioner charged them to remain united as development could only thrive in an atmosphere of peace.
In the spirit of unity, the commissioner donated a 100 by 200 land to the party for the building of a befitting party secretariat in the local government. She said the donation was borne out of her love for the growth of the party.
At that instant, there was a resounding ovation by all present even as many described the move as selfless, adding that it was their humble prayer that God would continue to enlarge her coast.
Iyasere, who was visibly elated at the turnout of party faithful as the party’s secretariat was full to brim, directed the local government chairman of the party, Mr. Felix Erhimedafe, to draw a plan for the building to enable all to mobilize funds for the project’s execution.
She, however, clarified that the donation does not imply that she won’t contribute money to the project, but added that ” You and I will provide the money for the building of this secretariat before December, 2018.
” The building of this secretariat will not be done by a few but all party faithful. It will be a collective effort by us. As a family, we will mobilize funds to commence and complete the secretariat by the special grace of God.”
Speaking further, she disclosed that the governor, in his magnanimity, has appointed three indigenes of Ethiope East as Senior Special Assistant and Senior Assistants, adding that the governor’s appointment indicated that he has good intention towards the local government and the only way to reciprocate the kind gesture was to deliver him (Okowa) in 2019.
In his remarks, a chieftain of the party in the local government, Chief Mike Adiotomre, charged all party faithful to sustain the newly found unity and win more souls for the party ahead of the 2019 elections.
He urged them to intensify their efforts towards the growth and development of the party to ensure that it remained a stronghold in the area, even as he thanked all for allowing peace to take the front burner in the local government.
On the 2019 election, Adiotomre charged all to get ready to work with whoever emerges as the party’s flag bearer in the various elective positions.
He said Inter-alia: ” I want to appeal to you all ahead of 2019 election. Very soon we will have our primaries to determine the party’s flag bearer in various positions. Please, in the interest of unity, whoever emerges is the party’s choice and so it is binding on all to support that candidate.”
On his part, Chief Bernard Edewor, assured all that the primaries would be free, fair and credible, pointing out that every aspirant would be given a level playing ground, even as he called for their support to ensure a peaceful primaries. He assured the governor that the party would deliver landslide votes in 2019.
Others who spoke in unison are Member representing Ethiope East, state House of Assembly, Hon. Evance Ivwurie and the local government chairman, Chief (Mrs.) Faith Majemite; Mrs. Maria Evwaraye; Barr. (Mrs.) Mary Atagana Longe among others.
The ward chairmen, who expressed joy at the unity of the party, thanked all who made the reconciliation a reality, praying that God would reward them a hundred fold.
They assured the leaders of the party that they would intensify their efforts towards building the party in their respective wards.