Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the former Governor of Defunct Mid-West and Bendel states, late Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia as a development champion who contributed his quota to the growth of country.
The Governor said this in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu.
He noted that he received the news of the death of Dr. Ogbemudia with shock, adding that the late Governor passed away when Nigeria was profiting from his wisdom.
Governor Wike paid tribute to the former administrator for his commendable service to Nigeria as a military officer, patriotic politician, leader and sports promoter.
He condoled with the immediate family of the deceased, as well as the people of Edo and Delta states on the demise of the former governor.
The Governor prayed God to grant the family and good people of Edo and Delta states the courage to bear the loss.
The Edo State Government has declared seven days mourning for the death of former Military Governor of defunct Mid-West State and defunct Bendel State, Brigadier General Samuel Ogbemudia (rtd).
The State Government also announced the opening of a condolence register at the Government House in Benin City.
A statement endorsed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Mayaki, said interested people in the state can send in their condolences on the passing on of the renowned political leader whose strong foundation in governance helped to consolidate the infrastructural, social and economic development of both Delta and Edo states, which comprised the old Bendel State.
“The register will be open from 8am to 4pm for seven days starting from today, March 10 at the Government House in Benin City, as well as all the 18 local governments across the state,” the statement said, adding that “the condolence register will remain open on Saturday and Sunday”.
New members of the State Executive Council of the All Progressive Congress have emerged after the State congress of the party held in Edo State.
Former Commissioner for Information, Barrister Anselm Ojezua, was elected State Chairman of the party, while Gentleman Amegor emerged Vice Chairman and Osaro Idah as Secretary.
Thousands of delegates gathered at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium where only accredited State delegates were allowed into the premises.
In all, 52 persons expressed interest for various positions but some had to step down for other candidates before the voting commenced.
After votes were counted and the elected executives were announced, some party leaders noted that the party, having not recycled its executive was a sign of internal democracy at play.
The new Party Chairman, Barrister Anselm Ojezua, expressed gratitude to the delegates and his supporters. He assured party faithful of transparency in the conduct of the party affairs.
The Party leadership reassured members and the public that the party remains one indivisible unit in spite of recent defections of some of its members.
The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, in his speech, commended the peaceful conduct of the polls, adding that the maturity of the delegates and their peaceful conduct was an indication that those party members who left would not be missed.
The next stop for the delegates is Abuja in about two weeks where the National Congress of the party is expected to be conducted.