By Eseoghene Emuke
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has described the death of the Prime Minister (Akpeli) of Olomu Kingdom, Olorogun Milton Paul Ohwovoriole (SAN), as a great loss not only to the family and Olomu people, but to the state and the Urhobo Nation.
Okowa, who expressed shock over the passage, said the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) will be greatly missed.
Olorogun Ohwovoriole who was third in traditional hierarchy in Olomu Kingdom died in the early hours of Friday at 80.
The deceased was a former Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch and former President, Urhobo Social Club, Lagos.
Governor Okowa in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, commiserated with the Ohwovoriole family and Urhobo Nation for the loss.
He also condoled with Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) for the passage of the learned silk who rose to the peak of the legal profession as a SAN.
The governor described Ohwovoriole as a man of great determination and perseverance, and said that as a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he contributed significantly to the various victories recorded by the party in Ughelli South and the state.
“Late Chief Milton Ohwovoriole was a courageous leader who always stood for truth and at every point in time, spoke his mind on any issue irrespective of who was involved.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I commiserate with the Ohwovoriole family and the people of Olomu Kingdom and the NBA on the passing of a legal icon, Chief Milton Ohwovoriole (SAN),” he said.
Okowa, while urging the family and the Olomu people to take solace in the fact that the deceased made huge contributions to society, prayed God Almighty to grant the departed eternal rest.