Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday expressed grief over the sudden death of former Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, describing him as a leader who was committed to the development of his state and his native Ijaw land.
In a message of condolence to the family of the deceased, Jonathan recalled that he served as deputy governor to the late Alamieyeseigha, adding that he had a vision for the mainstreaming of his people into the national development agenda.
Part of the statement reads: “I convey my deepest condolences to the Bayelsa State Government and the family of Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha over his sudden passage, the news of which I have just received.
“Chief Alamieyeseigha was the first Executive Governor of Bayelsa State with whom I served as the Deputy Governor. He was a leader that was totally committed to the development of Bayelsa State and Ijaw land. I knew his vision for the advancement of Ijaw land and his commitment to the mainstreaming of his people into the national development and growth agenda.
“I pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal repose and provide his immediate family the fortitude to bear the sad loss.”
Similarly, a former Senate President, David Mark, in a message of condolence sent to the government and people of Bayelsa State described Alamieyeseigha as a colossus.
Mark noted in the message signed by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, that though Alamieyeseigha did not have a very rosy political career judging from his travails, he nonetheless left an indelible mark as a political colossus.
According to him, “DSP Alamieyeseigha was a man who identified with his people. He was in more than equal proportion loved by his people. No wonder he was crowned as the Governor-General of Ijaw nation.”
Besides, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday described the late Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha as a true democrat who had extraordinary love for his people.
Its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement said the party is still in shock over the news of the sudden death of the former governor, describing the development as deeply saddening.
“The PDP mourns the demise of this great Nigerian, who made immense contributions and sacrifices towards the unity, stability and development of his state and our dear nation both as a military officer and a politician.
“The PDP sincerely commiserates with Governor Seriake Dickson, the Alamieyeseigha family, the Ijaw kingdom and the people of Bayelsa State and pray God to give them the fortitude to bear this great loss.”
Also, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has condoled the family of former Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also condoled with the Bayelsa State Government on the death of the former governor.
According to the statement, the party received the news of Alamieyeseigha’s demise with great shock, considering that he was not publicly reported to have been gravely ill.
It stated that ‘’the APC prays that the family will find comfort in their moment of sadness, as well as the strength to bear the loss of their loved one,’’ the statement added.
In the same vein, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, described the death of the first civilian governor of the state as a personal loss to him, the government and people of the state.
Dickson, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said Alamieyeseigha was a strong supporter of his administration.
He said that his demise was a very painful and monumental loss to the entire Ijaw nation, which he had always defended.
The governor also commiserated with the deceased’s wife, Margaret, his immediate family, and the entire people of the state, noting that the Ijaws have lost a “rare gem’’.
On his part, the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has commiserated with the Alamieyeseigha family, Government and people of Bayelsa State, as well as the Ijaw nation, at large.
Governor Okowa in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, and made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday, described Alamieyeseigha’s exit as shocking and painful.
“The late Alamieyeseigha was loved by the Ijaws who saw him as a rallying spot for the reawakening of the spirit of togetherness irrespective of the spread of the Ijaws in all riverine areas of the country. No wonder they nicknamed him ‘Governor-General of the Ijaw nation’.”
While praying God to grant the deceased eternal rest, Okowa enjoined the family, government of Bayelsa State and the Ijaws in general to immortalise his memory by ensuring that they remain united and speak with one voice at all times.
Alamieyeseigha died on Saturday evening at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital where he was receiving medical care.

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