Chief James Onanefe Ibori has described Senator Patrick Enebeli Osakwe, who died on Tuesday in a London hospital, as an exemplary son of Delta state.
He said that Osakwe’s life was the stuff of legend, the kind of story you see only in story books.
Ibori, a former Governor of Delta state, said that Osakwe’s life is a
testimony that dreams do come true in Nigeria. He said in a statement
signed by his Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, that Osakwe refused to
allow his humble beginnings to hold him down but despite his material
deprivations built up a large business empire from scratch. He started
with the Evidence Transport Company, Flash Pool betting business,
sponsored the Benin-based Flash Flamingoes Football Club and branched off into Real Estate and hotels.
With his name already a house-hold word in the old Bendel state from
the mid-1970s, the second part of Osakwe’s life kicked off; he began
to make up for what he lacked in education and earned multiple degrees
from the University of Benin, Benin-City.
It was in Osakwe’s pursuit of the third part of his much-storied life,
politics, that our paths crossed. While I was Governor of Delta state
from 1999 to 2007, Osakwe the politician represented Delta North in
the Senate. He represented his constituency three consecutive times.
Ibori said, “I found in Osakwe a dependable ally in many battles. He
was ever gentlemanly, quick witted, highly focused and had an enduring
love for the good people of Delta state”.
Ibori condoled the people of Ugili-Amai village, the Ndokwa nation,
Anioma people and the entire Delta state for this great loss even as
he prayed that God Almighty will grant Sen. Osakwe’s soul eternal
Signed: Tony Eluemunor (Media Assistant to Chief Ibori).
March 17, 2022.