Nigeria has been more secure in the past when the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) held sway in the center, Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said.
Okowa, the PDP’s presidential candidate, lamented that Nigerians were no longer safe from daytime travel, let alone nighttime travel.
The governor declared these at the funeral mass in honor of the late Senator Patrick Osakwe at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Ugiliamai, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the State over the weekend.
Recalling his political engagements with the late Osakwe, Okowa said he traveled overnight to visit him and returned the same evening without worry.
“I remember at that time, when I was director general of his (Senator Osakwe) campaign organization, I left Asaba at 1 am. and arrive in Ugiliamai at approximately 2am. “I will finish the talks with him and leave the same evening, either back to Asaba or Boji-Boji Agbor. Those were the good old days when we could move without fear,” he said.
The governor commended the deceased for his extraordinary performance in the Senate and for his contributions to the growth and development of his senatorial district and Delta in general.
He urged the family and followers of the late senator to trust in God and take comfort in the fact that their patriarch lived a life of great achievement as a shrewd businessman and reputed politician.
Earlier in his sermon, Reverend Barnabas Esegine described the late Senator Osakwe as an enigma who lived not for himself but for others.
He urged Christians to live their lives with eternity in view, adding that the late Senator Osakwe would be remembered for the lasting legacies he built for God and humanity.
The funeral service was attended by former Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Benjamin Elue, Senator James Manager, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Chief Ndudi Elumelu, Member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ossai Ossai, PDP State Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso among other dignitaries.
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