Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday commiserated with his Delta State counterpart, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa over the demise of his father, Chief Arthur Okorie Uzoma Okowa.
Obaseki, who led a delegation from Edo State on the condolence visit to the Delta State Government House, Asaba, prayed that God grants the governor, his immediate family and the people of Delta State the fortitude to bear the loss of the octogenarian.
The governor was accompanied by his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu; Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Osarodion Ogie; National Vice Chairman, South-South, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih and Edo PDP Chairman, Mr. Tony Aziegbemi, among others.
Obaseki noted: “We are here to condole with our brother and friend, Dr. Okowa on the passing of his lovely and respected father. We also know that you also lost the majority leader at the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Tim Owhefere, in this state.
“As brothers, your loss is our loss. We felt that the appropriate thing to do as part of our custom is to take time out to come and let you know that we equally share in your loss.
“You had a very strong relationship with him; the few things you told me about him have shown that as a son, you shared quite a lot of closeness with him. I can imagine how sorrowful you would be to lose such a father.”
“I just want to tell you that the people and government of Edo are with you in this sad moment and we pray that God will give you and the family and people of Delta State the strength to endure through this sad time. We also know that sad times don’t last forever; once again, accept our condolences,” the governor added.
In his remarks, Okowa thanked Obaseki and his entourage noting: “We would have wished that he lived longer than this, but we cannot question God. Though painful, we are relieved by the condolence messages and the various things we have heard people say concerning my late father.
“Very painful also is the death of the majority leader to Delta State House of Assembly, Tim Owhefere. He was very close to me; a very effective person. His death was very painful to us.”