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South South PDP Condoles A'Ibom On Udo Ekpenyong's Demise

T he national executive committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-South zone was at the Government House, Uyo, to condole with the leader of the PDP and governor of the state, Mr Udom Emmanuel, on the demise of the state chairman of the party, late Obong Udo Ekpenyong. The delegation was led by the PDP national vice chairman, South South, Chief Dan Obih. Addressing Governor Emmanuel, Chief Obih noted that the PDP family, especially in the South-South, and indeed Nigeria, has lost a strong pillar of the party with the passing of late Obong Udo Ekpenyong. Chief Obih said that within his short stay in office, late Ekpenyong was already interfacing with the zonal secretariat of the party and making robust suggestions on how to multiply the gains of the PDP in the region. Chief Obi told Governor Emmanuel that the PDP would continue to remember the late state chairman for his resultoriented contributions which were critical to building the PDP to become a virile party in the region. Responding, Governor Udom Emmanuel thanked the zonal exco for the visit, stressing that late Obong Udo Ekpenyong had set himself apart as a servant leader who wore the virtues of loyalty and trust as badges of honour. Governor Udom noted, "His departure is indeed a painful one to me as a person and also a painful one to the PDP family in this state which I belong to. We are indeed grateful to him for the efforts he invested in serving our state and the party. It is our collective prayer that God will grant him eternal life in heaven. The governor also led the visitors to observe a minute of silence in honour of the late state chairman. Members of the zonal exco as well as the state chapter of the party who were part of the visit include: the zonal woman leader, Mrs Tessy Torru; zonal publicity secretary, Bishop Etim Ante; zonal organising secretary, Mr Ekom Akonjom; zonal auditor, Mr Patrick Egbede; zonal officer, Mr M.C Akpan; Fmr national ex-officio, Mr Larry Ogieve; Akwa Ibom State PDP deputy chairman, Mr Lawrence Udosen; PDP state secretary, Mr Harrison Ekpo; and a PDP chieftain from Enugu, Prince Lawrence Ezeh. Those who were present during the condolence visit include: secretary to the Akwa Ibom State government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem; commissioner for information, Comrade Ini Ememobong; and the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Ekerette Udoh.

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