Governors Body says late Senator will be remembered as an effective and consummate political figure.
The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, an association of the 36 state governors in the country, has condoled with the Senate and the government and people of Delta State over the demise of Paul Ewherido.
Mr. Ewherido, who represented Delta Central Senatorial District on the ticket of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, died in Abuja on Sunday.
In a statement signed by its Chairman and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday, the NGF described Mr. Ewherido as a hardworking and independent-minded lawmaker whose valuable service was most needed at the time he died.
“We hereby condole with the Nigerian Senate, the government and people of Delta state and the entire Ewherido family over the sudden death of Senator Pius Ewherido, who, until his death, represented Delta Central Senatorial District on the platform of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP),” the statement said.
“It is unfortunate that the hardworking, independent-minded senator, a political icon, and one of the most accomplished politicians in our country passed on at a time our country needed his invaluable service most. His loss is no doubt a monumental loss to our nation.”
NGF said the senator’s departure was painful and shocking, adding “But we take solace in the fact that he lived and died well.
“He dedicated his life to serving his people and country. He mixed freely with the underprivileged and lived substantially organizing and fighting for the upliftment of his people while making important contributions to the development of his state and country.
NGF stated further that, “Although, we cannot but grief over the death of this public spirited man, we are sure that Senator Ewherido will long be remembered as a community leader, an effective and consummate political figure, a national icon and grassroots mobiliser.
“We believe Senator Ewherido has left for us a great legacy. We commiserated with his family, friends and associates, the Nigerian Senate, the people and government of Delta and Nigerians in general, and pray God to give us all the fortitude to bear this great loss. May the soul of this great man rest in peace.”