The All Progressives Congress Candidate for the Isoko federal constituency in the 2019 general elections, Joel Onowakpo Thomas, has sent condolence message to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa over the death of his father, Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa.
He also described the passing away of Jon. Tim Owhefere as shocking and devastating. Owhefere was, until his death on Friday night, the majority leader of the Delta state house of assembly where he represented Isoko North state constituency and was serving his fourth term.
The APC stalwart, who was chairman of Delta state board of internal revenue, urged Governor Okowa, his family and the good people of Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area, to take solace in the fact that late Pa Arthur Okowa, lived a glorious life worthy of emulation by all.
Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, who was also a former state coordinator of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), for Delta, Edo and Rivers States, said the exemplary life of Pa Arthur Okowa, could be seen in the discipline and forthrightness he inculcated in his children and those close to him.
He noted that this attributes could be attested to in the quality of life and character of Governor Okowa, who had displayed a very rare leadership discipline and commitment to service of God and humanity.
Hon. Onowakpo, also former Chairman of Isoko South Council area, prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and also give the family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
On the death of Owhefere, he said he was yet to recover from the psychological trauma of Hon. Ewhefere passage because they have come a long way together as close friends and political associates.
According to him, “Myself and the late Hon. Ewhofere had been friends for such a very long time and we have been through alot as political associates, especially when it comes to grassroots politicking in Isokoland where we both came from and learnt the rope about the political structures of our area
“He was an astute politician, a grassroot man to the core and a team player anyday, anytime. What Distinguished him mostly is his passion for the growth and development of Isoko nation and this he was committed to all through his stay in the state Assembly”.
“I pray God to grant his gentle soul eternal rest and give the family left behind the fortitude to bear the loss.”