Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday commiserated with the family of Senator Patrick Osakwe, who died on Tuesday at the age of 73.
Also, Deputy Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ochor Christopher Ochor, who once an aide to the late senator has condoled with the family of his former boss.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in a statement in Asaba, said the governor received with deep sadness, the death of the Septuagenarian politician who represented Delta North Senatorial District between 1999 and 2011.
He also extended his condolences to Ugiliamai community, Onitcha-Ukwuani clan and the entire Ndokwa nation over the loss of one of their pillars and elder statesman.
Okowa recalled that Senator Osakwe was a vocal voice in the Senate between 1999 and 2011 and contributed immensely to the establishment of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He also remarked that the deceased contributed meaningfully in the works of Senate Committees of Gas, Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Appropriation, Niger Delta and Senate Services where he served, and attracted some infrastructural development to Ndokwa land and the senatorial district.
He added that the late distinguished senator was a great man, who served his country and humanity with all his strength and talent, noting that he was a worthy leader in Anioma nation.
“We have lost a great leader and patriot whose contributions to the growth and development of Delta and Nigeria can best be described as inspirational and worthy of emulation.
“The late Senator Patrick Osakwe was a reputable lawyer, distinguished politician, lawmaker par excellence, elder statesman and astute businessman, and will be remembered for redefining the place of service and patriotism in Delta and Nigeria.
“He will be sorely missed by all whose lives he affected in many ways.
“I, therefore, urge all who mourn the late Senator Osakwe to take solace in the fact that he lived a life of great accomplishments.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with the family of the late distinguished Senator Patrick Enebeli Osakwe, the Ndokwa nation and Anioma people in general on the demise of their father and leader,” the governor said.
He prayed God to grant his immediate family the strength to bear the rather huge loss.
The Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, and Member representing Ukwuani State Constituency, Rt. Hon Ochor C. Ochor have condoled with the family of Chief Patrick Enebeli Osakwe, and the people of Ndokwa on the death of the former Senator who represented the Delta North Senator District, between 1999-2007 as a three time Senator in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
The Deputy Speaker, in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Enebeli, stated that the late Senator was a successful businessman, and entered politics and blazed the trail of success, was his father, boss and leader.
He stated that as a personal Assistant, and Legislative Aide to the late Senator between 1999 and 2003, he learnt so much from him about the virtues of hardwork, selflessness, long patience, thoughtfullness at all times and circumstances.
“I learnt much virtues of hardwork, selflessness, long patience, thoughtfullness at all time and circumstances.
“He was a father, boss and leader,” he said.
He pointed out that his family and the people of Ndokwa, and the entire Delta North have lost a pillar of knowledge and achievements in business and politics, most especially in his Ndokwa solidarity, which he held to dearly till his death.
“Senator Patrick Enebeli Osakwe was a man who loved the people of Ndokwa, and Delta North, and this he held on to, till he passed on.
“We have lost one of our best in Ndokwa, and the entire state, who was an encyclopaedia of business, leadership, and political knowledge.
“On behalf of my family, aides, and political families, I condole with us all on this painful passage,“ Ochor said