Okowa, David Mark mourn as Senator Osakwe dies in London hospital
Senator Patrick Osakwe has died in a London hospital at the age of 73.
The late senator, who represented Delta North Senatorial district for three consecutive times, hailed from Igili Amah in Onicha-Ukwani, Ndokwa West Council of Delta State. He reportedly died on Tuesday.
Patrick Osakwe was a business executive and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Reacting to the death, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said Osakwe was a vocal voice in the Senate between 1999 and 2011 and contributed immensely to the establishment of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
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.
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.
SIMILARLY, a former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark expressed shock and sadness over the death.
A statement by his Media Adviser, Paul Mumeh, said Mark, in a condolence message to the government and people of Delta State, described Osakwe as a jolly good fellow who was passionate about the peace and development of his constituency and beyond.
He said Osakwe was a fine parliamentarian who distinguished himself as a reliable and dependable leader.
Mark said: “Senator Osakwe was a reliable and dependable friend and colleague. His robust and frank contributions to debates on issues of national interest will remain memorable”.
He noted that Osakwe would be remembered for his positive contributions to the socio-political and economic development of his constituency.
Mark urged the government and people of Delta State, especially the immediate family, to take solace in the fact that Osakwe lived an eventful and accomplished life worthy of emulation.