By Onome Oghenetega
A former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori, has described the death of the former acting governor of the state, Prince Sam Obi, as a big loss to Deltans.
Ibori said Prince Obi who was a speaker of the State House of Assembly before emerging acting governor proved himself as a worthy leader in politics and other duties.
Prince Obi passed on Saturday morning in his home in Asaba, the state capital.
The deceased, as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, became the Acting-Governor in 2010 when the Appeal Court, Benin, nullified the election of former Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and ordered a re-run.
Reacting to the death of the former speaker, Ibori noted that the deceased politician gave remarkable account of himself especially in governance when he became acting governor.
“In those intervening months, Obi proved himself worthy of the office by keeping the state stable before and during the prescribed election.
“Within that time too, he showed himself a worthy leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) family in Delta state as the PDP swept the polls convincingly”, Ibori stated.
Ibori said that Obi, from Ute-Okpu, who represented Ika North-East constituency at the House two consecutive times, till 2015 when he did not seek re-election, was a man of many parts.
Ibori consoled the Prince Obi’s family, the people of Ute-Okpu, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, and the good people of Delta for the huge loss.
He prayed that God to grant them the fortitude to bear this great loss and give eternal rest to late Prince Obi.