- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa says he has lost a friend and political ally in Tim Owhefere
- The lawmaker died two hours before the governor lost his own dad
- Governor Okowa visited the lawmaker and shared details of the text message the deceased sent to him before his death
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday, February 9 described the death of the majority leader of the Delta state House of Assembly, Honourable Tim Owhefere, as shocking and devastating.
The governor, who lamented the demise of the legislator when he visited the family on condolence, said the visit was very difficult for him to undertake, describing the deceased as a good friend and brother.
He described Late Owhefere as a great lawmaker who assisted him a lot in ensuring the unity of the House and in the passage of executive bills.
The governor appealed to the family members, constituents, and colleagues to accept the passing away of the lawmaker by taking solace in the fact that he lived a life of great accomplishments.
A statement released by the Delta state government and seen by Legit.ng quoted the governor as saying:
“He had sent a text message to me when he entered the ICU, saying 'pray for me because I know when you pray for me, I will not die'
“I prayed for him and sent a message of encouragement but there was no response.”
The governor also paid a condolence visit to the family of late Second Republic Senator, Obi Nosike Ikpo, who passed on recently at 88.
Okowa said that the late Ikpo was a well-known father in Delta and a well-groomed politician, who never stopped giving advice to those who sought it.
Recall Legit.ng had reported that Owhefere died on Wednesday night, January 27, at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, after being hospitalised for about two weeks.
Governor Okowa's father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa, died in the early hours of Thursday, January 28 at the age of 88 years at Asaba, the state capital.