- Mrs. Maria Oredola Igbinedion, the mother to Chief Lucky Igbinedion, has been announced dead at the ripe age of 85
- The deceased is the first wife of the Esama of Benin and billionaire businessman, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion
- Her son who is a former governor of Edo state announced her demise and said the family will release burial details later
According to a statement by the former governor, she was 85 years old and she is survived by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Part of the statement read:
“We announce the transition to glory of our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Madam Maria Oredola Igbinedion who joined the Saints in the early hours of December 2, 2021, at the age of 85.”
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According to the former governor, the burial arrangement of the late octogenarian would be announced later.
Meanwhile, a family source, told The Will newspaper that Late Mrs. Igbinedion died on Thursday, December 3 at her home in Ugbo, in Benin city, the Edo state capital.
She was married to Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom and owner of the popular Igbenedion University and ITV, Benin.
High spate of deaths among former political office holders in Delta
In neighbouring Delta, four prominent citizens of the state have died in the past few weeks.
Delta state former commissioner for economic planning and finance and 2023 governorship hopeful, Kenneth Okpara died recently.
Okpara, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was said to have battled with an unknown illness for the past three years and died in the early hours of Friday, November 19 in an undisclosed hospital.
Two top Isoko politicians die within 24 hours
Joseph Ajirioghene Ogeh, the immediate past Delta commissioner for housing, also died recently.
Ogeh, an architect, died barely 24 hours after Isoko nation lost renowned historian and former commissioner for education, Professor Abednego Ekoko.
He reportedly passed early hours of Sunday, November 7, after he collapsed around 3 am at his residence in Warri.
Recently, the entire Delta state government was thrown into mourning following the death of Mary Iyasere.
Until her demise, Iyasere was the special adviser on entrepreneurship development to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
She was formerly the commissioner for commerce and tourism during the governor's first term in office.