Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has sent condolences to the family of his late Senior Special Assistant (Political), Chief Martin Okakwu, who passed away on Wednesday.
Okakwu, who hailed from Ebu, Oshimili North Local Government Area, reportedly died at the National Hospital, Abuja, where he was admitted for a few weeks. He was 65.
In the condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa expressed deep sadness over the incident, saying that it was a big loss to the family and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, the passing of the PDP chieftain is a big blow to our party, his family and his Ebu community, considering his invaluable contributions to the party’s victories in the state.
The governor described the late Okakwu as a fearless and bold politician who made friends for the party across the state.
He noted that Okakwu’s concern for the growth and development of PDP and his community and local government area was laudable, and stated that he would be greatly missed by his political associates and others whose lives he touched.
He said: “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the passing of an astute politician of amiable personality.
“Chief Okakwu was a renowned party leader, with outstanding reach at the grassroots, and contributed his quota to the development of the state.
“The news of his death came to me as a great shock for he was a valued asset to PDP in Delta and distinguished himself in the service of the party and his people.
“He contributed hugely to our party’s victories in several elections in his Ebu community and Oshimili North.”
Okowa prayed to God to accept the deceased’s soul and grant fortitude to the family and friends to bear the loss.