By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus and Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed have joined other well-meaning Nigerians to commiserate with the Government and People of Akwa Ibom State over the loss of a former Governor, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga Rtd., State PDP Chairman, Sir Udo Ekpenyong , Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok Rtd., and immedate past Commissioner for Lands Arc. Ime Ekpo.
Leading a delegation comprising PDP National Working Committee and some Bauchi State political bigwigs to condole with Governor Udom Emmanuel, family of the deceased and the entire PDP family in the state, Wednesday, Prince Secondu expressed grief over the demise of eminent sons of Akwa Ibom State.
The PDP National Chairman described late Udo Ekpenyong as a strong pillar in the party, state and the country, praying God to heal every “grieving heart during this moment of sadness, grief and despair.”
Prince Secondus urged governor Emmanuel and the families of the deceased to be consoled with the word of God, adding that God will grant the governor and the deceased families fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Governor Bala Mohammed , on his part, described the passage of the illustrious sons of the state as a trying moment for Governor Emmanuel, the families of the deceased and the entire state, praying God to console the governor, strengthen the state and the party.
“Please accept the condolences and commiseration from the government and people of Bauchi State, we are with you in this moment of grief and sadness and as a leader we know you will overcome it because we know it is a heavy burden to bear but with your capacity and pedigree we know you will overcome it”, he stated.
He commended Governor Emmanuel for his developmental strides in the state and the unflinching support he has given to PDP, describing him as an inspiration in the Party.
In his response , Governor Emmanuel thanked the sympathisers for defying all odds to travel down to commiserate with the state, noting that the passage of Nkanga, Udo Ekpenyong and others has thrown the state into sadness.
“We don’t take this for granted at all. You even came in with respected Senators, the entire National Committee of the Party to commiserate with us, it’s been so painful and terrible from Christmas eve and we could not have that ease or the flare of the merriment of the season.
“Well no matter what happens we can’t question God”, he stated.
While acknowledging the tremendous support from the sympathisers, he particularly appreciated the PDP stalwarts and the people of Bauchi state for commiserating with the state and the families of the deceased.
The Governor who sued for the unity of the Party maintained that the supremacy and corporate existence of the Party should be paramount against all odds.
“This is also a wake up call that the Party must remain united from the unit level up to the state and national level, the whole nation is watching how we are going to steer leadership of this party”, he solicited.