A former Commissioner for Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Dr. Amos Itihwe, is dead.
Itihwe, who was now an Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, passed on Monday.
Governor Okowa has, however, condoled with the family of the deceased over his sudden passage.
The governor in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, described the death of Itihwe, who was assistant on Political Matters, as “sad and painful’’.
He said Itihwe was a strong grassroots politician whose character and credibility were never in doubt.
“He was an asset to our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and one of the greatest contributors to its winning streaks in Ughelli South.
“Buoyed by the love for his people, he sought to represent them at the House of Representatives when he contested the party’s primaries for the Ughelli/Udu Federal Constituency but was not successful.
“As pioneer Chairman of the PDP in Ughelli South Local Government Area, the deceased laid the foundation for the election victories the PDP has been recording in the area since 1999.
“He was a very strong believer of the Okowa vision and has been a pillar of support for the Stronger Delta agenda of our administration.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn the exit of a loyal, trusted aide and confidant, Dr Amos Itihwe, whose sad demise occurred on Monday, March 9, 2020, at Lilly Hospital, Warri, after a brief illness.
“He will be sorely missed by the party in the local government, especially the people of Olota in Okparabe kingdom, given his contributions to the growth and development of our party in the area.
“He was indeed a trusted politician who distinguished himself in the service of the party and his people in different capacities,” the governor stated.
He prayed God to accept the deceased’s soul and grant fortitude to the family and friends to bear the irreparable loss.
Itihwe, was a commissioner representing Ughelli South, Udu, Uvwie and Urhobos of Warri South on the board of DESOPADEC.