From PAUL OSUYI, Asaba
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has joined other Nigerians in expressing sadness over the death of former Military Governor of the defunct Midwest State and former civilian Governor of old Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia who died at 84 years.
Governor Okowa in a statement issued in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, described late Ogbemudia as a patriot and a political icon whose life-long dedication and indefatigable commitment to serving the people will be missed.
He noted that the history of the defunct Bendel State (now Edo and Delta) will certainly be incomplete without a chapter generously capturing the immense, robust and earth-shaking contributions of Dr. Ogbemudia to the social, political and economic development of the geo-political entity, Nigeria and indeed humanity.
Dr. Okowa further described Ogbemudia, a one time Minister of Labour and Productivity, as a quintessential Army General, adroit and sagacious administrator, elder statesman, an astute politician and a patriot to the core, who no doubt stamped his footprints in the sands of time by touching the lives of Nigerians, particularly the people of Edo and Delta states.
On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, the governor “joined the government and people of Edo State, the numerous friends, associates, well-wishers and admirers of this political colossus of our time, a generalissimo, a soldiers’ soldier, a patriot per excellence, a workaholic, an exemplary leader and achiever of all times in mourning Dr. Ogbemudia whose many years of service to his father land and mankind remains indelible in the hearts of many.”
He prayed God to grant the immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.