Okowa loses third aide in five days

Ifeanyi Okowa

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday commiserated with the family of Amos Itihwe, one of his executive assistants, who died on Monday in Warri.

Mr Okowa has now lost three aides in five days. Friday Akpoyibo died on Sunday while Godspower Muemuifo died last Wednesday.

They were both senior special assistants to the governor on political matters.

Okowa, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, described the death of Mr Itihwe, who was also assistant on political matters, as “sad and painful’’.

He said Itihwe, who died after a brief illness, was a strong grassroots politician whose character and credibility were never in doubt.

“Itihwe was a commissioner on the board of Delta State Oil-Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), representing Ughelli South, Udu, Uvwie and Urhobos of Warri South.

“He was an asset to our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and one of the greatest contributors to its winning streaks in Ughelli South.

“Buoyed by the love for his people, he sought to represent them at the House of Representatives when he contested the party’s primaries for the Ughelli/Udu Federal Constituency but was not successful,” he said.

He also said that “as pioneer chairman of the PDP in Ughelli South Local Government Area, the deceased laid the foundation for the election victories the PDP has been recording in the area since 1999.

“He was a very strong believer of the Okowa vision and has been a pillar of support for the Stronger Delta agenda of our administration.”

The governor added: “On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn the exit of a loyal, trusted aide and confidant.”