HOW WE FORMULATED THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN ABIA STATE!! SIR DON UBANI
Exactly on Friday 4th September, 1998, a political evolution unfolded itself in Abia State. What was it? Twenty-one Political Leaders, drawn mainly from six National Political Associations existing in Abia State, came together and Convened the newly-formed Peoples Democratic Party in the State.
Two meetings were scheduled for the day. The first meeting took place about 10 am at Seabia Hotel Complex, Aba Road, Umuahia. The meeting nearly resulted into a free-for-all. At the end, you can trust politicians, it ended peacefully.
The second meeting took place at Nwannedinamba Hall, at 25 Macaulay Street, Umuahia, at 1 pm.
In both meetings, I was the Compere, otherwise known as Master of Ceremony.
Out of the 21 Political Leaders that Convened the Party, I know of 10 that have died. May their souls continue to rest in peace.
22 years after being Convened, I am still thankful to God for the grace it gave me to have been one of the Twenty-one Conveners of PDP in Abia State. The list above is self-explanatory.
I can not say that the Party I laboured to bring about its formation has not been fair to me. The Party has helped in boosting my image.
I am happy and feel emboldened that since the Party exposed me to prominence, I have neither stolen a Kobo nor pin from any government coffer. This uncommon qualification perfects my humility, courage, confidence and sustainability.
In all, I give all thanks to God Almighty for giving me the strength and moral courage to steer clear of any temptation or inclination to grab what is not my due. I do not need too much wealth in my life. Of what use would they be? Acquiring all the wealth and losing all the integrity, image and respect would only amount to what King Solomon of Israel summarized as Vanity Upon Vanity.
Again, my gratitude goes to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for being a humane and considerate Leader. God; the creator of Heaven and Earth, who constantly reads and knows the heart of man, knows why you survived the attack on you by the devil. My knowledge, experience, vision, integrity, transparency, accountability and uncompromised veracity will always be at your beck and call. Once again, you are welcome to the land of the living and healthy.
Sir Don Ubani; KSC, JP
Okwubunka of Asa.
PDP, Abia State.