Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has described the death of the Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Tim Owhefere, as shocking and devastating.
The governor, who lamented the demise of the legislator when he visited the family on condolence at the Legislative Quarters, Asaba, said the visit was very difficult for him to undertake, “_because in Tim, I have lost a good friend and brother”.
He said that the deceased, representative of Isoko North at the Assembly, was a great lawmaker who assisted him a lot in ensuring the unity of the House and in the passage of executive Bills.
The governor appealed to the family members, constituents and colleagues to accept the passing away of the lawmaker by taking solace in the fact that he lived a life of great accomplishments.
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“This is one visit that is heart-breaking for me. Hon. Tim Owhefere was a true friend in politics and a true friend in governance.
“He had sent a text message to me when he entered the ICU, saying ‘pray for me because I know when you pray for me, I will not die’
“I prayed for him and sent a message of encouragement but there was no response. I was discussing his issue with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital not knowing that my dad had passed on two hours after Tim.
“For my dad, he lived well and died at 88, but for Tim, he was still very strong and still had a lot to do, particularly in the government of Delta because beyond being a friend, many can attest that he was a stabiliser in the Delta State House of Assembly.
“I have lost a true friend and as a state, we have lost one of the best legislative brains. But no matter how much we miss him, the pain in the family is worse, but can we truly question God?
“He came into this world and made his very strong impact within the family circle, his home and his constituency and made a strong impact in the state. He had friends across the state and he contributed his quota to the development of the state.
“Tim Owhefere lives on even when he is gone because the history of the state cannot be written without Tim Owhefere. ” the Governor said.