By Victor Osehobo, Benin cityDELTA State governor, Senator
Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday described
the elder statesman and two-time
governor Midwest Region and Bendel
State, late Dr Sam Ogbemudia,
as a role model to all politicians.
Okowa, speaking at the arrival of
the corpse of the late elder statesman
to the Oba Erediauwa Airport in
Benin City, said “on behalf of the
people of Delta State, he is an elder
statesman that meant so much to the
two states of Delta and Edo States.
“I recall that even in 2011 he had to
invite me over to deliver a lecture,;
I have a lot of respect for him. I
remember him for so many good
things, particularly growing up in
Edo State, I attended Edo College
and I knew what he meant; he was
military administrator then and
he imparted a lot on both states.
“Today, a lot of things still stand
in his name and we will continue
to remember him and I believe
that there is a lot that can be done
even in the face of difficulties, and
that is what he represented; he
was a friend to all,” Okowa said.
On his part, Edo State governor,
By Victor Osehobo, Benin city Godwin Obaseki said his last moments
with the former governor was “shortly
after my victory. I went for a visit and
he talked to me from time to time, in
private and public; he admonished me
and assured me of his support, and
I cannot forget the encouragement
he gave to me and without his
open and clear endorsement my
campaign would have been difficult.”
The remains of the late Dr
Ogbemudia arrived airport yesterday
afternoon from Lagos where he
died, ahead of his burial on Friday.
Governors Obaseki and Okowa
received the casket bearing the
remains of the late politician before
they handed it over to his eldest
son, Mr. Samuel Ogbemudia Jr.
and other members of the family.
Also on hand to accord honour to the
deceased at the brief airport reception
were the Edo State deputy governor,
Philip Shaibu, Secretary to the State
Government, SSG, Osarodion Ogie,
chief of staff, Taiwo Akerele, members
of the state House of Assembly, former
commissioner in Delta State, Chief
Tom Amioku, top military personnel,
APC State chairman, Anselm Ojezua,
Chief Osaro Idah and many other
eminent personalities from both states

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