Oshiomhole mourns Edo lawmaker

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described Hon. Peter Aliu, a member of the State House of Assembly representing Etsako East Constituency, as a man of character and principle whose stand on state and national issues was unwavering.

The Governor who paid a condolence visit to the widow of late lawmaker, Mrs Mary Aliu, on Monday, said “Aliu was my brother. In moments of temptation, he showed courage and good character. When people plotted to betray us, he stood firm, remained on the side of fairness, justice and principle. When people brought money, he refused money in favour of principle.”

He added: “The last time I saw him and we had a conversation, he was more concerned about my political wellbeing rather than his own health. His colleagues and I called him our father because Aliu conducted himself as a father of everyone not because he was old but just a statement of his character, fatherly disposition and his commitment to bring everybody together.

“He never raised his voice even when the house had problem. When we heard of this condition, we were prepared to do everything that is within human power but we recognized that our will is one thing but God’s decision is final.”

Oshiomhole prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and protection for the widow, children and other family members left behind.

On his part, the Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Hon Uyi Igbe, said they will all miss Aliu’s fatherly role.

According to him, “the advice we got from him, I do not know how it can be replaced. His astuteness, respect and political dexterity are unqualifiable, however, God has decided, He knows the best. In everything, He said we should give thanks and praise unto Him.”

He called on the widow to have implicit belief in God, assuring the family that Edo State Legislature will accord them the desired assistance.

In his remark, Haruna Aliu on behalf of the deceased’s family expressed their profound appreciation to the Governor, his deputy,  Dr Pius Odubu, and other top government functionaries for their condolence visit saying that the death of his eldest brother is the will of Almighty Allah and not of man.

According to him, “He has been a father to all and I know that this death is a big blow not only to the Aliu’s family but to the state.”

Hon Peter Aliu, 61, passed on in the early hours of Monday after a brief illness. He is survived by a widow and six children.