By Chris Iwarah
All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Delta State in the 2015 general election, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor has described the late first civilian governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru as a leader who worked relentlessly for the oneness and development of the people.
In a statement he issued on Monday the APC leader said he and his party received news of the death of the former president general of the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU) with “great shock.”
Emerhor said: “He was a great nationalist, a democrat who championed the course for good governance as a senator and contributed greatly to deepen our democracy, he equally distinguished himself both in private and public service. Olorogun Felix Ovuodoroye Ibru can be described as an epitome of public service. As the first civilian governor of Delta State, he served selflessly and was able to build bridges of unity across ethnic divide. Today, he will be remembered as the architect of modern Delta State.”
He added: “As the president general of the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU), he placed Urhobo nation’s interest above self. In his time, he held the office with dignity. His demise at this critical time is a great loss to the Urhobo nation, Delta State and Nigeria at large. His death has created a big leadership vacuum at a time in our nation when we needed men of his calibre to chart a new course politically.”
He, however, urged the Ibru family to be consoled by the fact that the deceased “lived a good life.”