Okowa loses father, mourns Delta House leader

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By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has lost two important persons in one moment; his father and a political ally in the local parliament.

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Pa Arthur Okowa, the father of the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa reportedly passed on early this Thursday morning at the age of 89.

This happened few hours after the death of the Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly, Tim Owhefere.

Pa Okowa, a native of Owa Alero in Ika North East Local Government Area, was said to have died in the early hours of Thursday, January 28.

One of the governor’s brothers by name, Solomon, wrote on his Face Book page, saying, “Daddy is gone to rest”.

Efforts to reach the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Olisah Ifeajika, to confirm the death proved abortive as his GSM line was busy when this reporter called this morning.

Another journalist in Asaba, said that when he called Olisah for the confirmation the death, he replied, “We will confirm to you later”.

The house majority leader, Tim Owhefere, who until his death, represented Isoko north state constituency in the House for the fourth time under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

It was gathered that the lawmaker who had been sick for a while, died at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, following some medical complications

The governor expressed sadness over the sudden demise of the Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Mr Tim Owhefere.

Owhefere passed on Wednesday night after a brief illness at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, at 57.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Thursday in Asaba, the governor described Owhefere, who until his demise, represented Isoko North constituency, as a committed, hardworking, patriotic and thorough-bred lawmaker” who served the state and his constituents diligently.

He said that the deceased lawmaker would be long remembered for his outstanding humility, patriotism and commitment in handling the affairs of the Assembly as House Leader from 2015

“The late Tim Owhefere died when his services to the state and nation were most needed.

“We mourn our fallen lawmaker who gave his best in service to God and humanity.

“He was a committed and hardworking legislator, who championed the course of his people of Isoko in particular and the state,” the governor said.

He added that Owhefere was a “cerebral lawmaker with enviable competence and a pride to the legislative institution’’, saying that Delta would miss the competence, dexterity and sagacity of the renowned lawmaker.

He said since the emergence of Owhefere as the Majority Leader of the House, he did not leave any one in doubt as to his capacity to handle matters of development and progress of the state.

“Owhefere brought his vast knowledge, experience and worthy ideals to bear in the discharge of the functions of his office as House Leader.

“It is on record that the good and harmonious working relationship between the Executive and Legislature in the State was attributable to his ability to navigate the contours of the Assembly as its Leader.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, i send my profound commiseration to the Right Honourable Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, members of the House, the people of Isoko North Constituency and the entire Isoko nation over the demise of Tim Kome Owhefere.

“As we mourn his passage, may Almighty God give his family, Akiewhe-Owhe community, friends, constituents and associates the fortitude to bear the loss,” the governor stated

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