Some politicians on Friday described the death of the former Military Administrator of the defunct Mid-West, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, as a painful loss, not only to the family, but to the nation.
Ogbemudia, who was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died on Thursday in Lagos, at the age of 84.
Capt. Olatunji Shelle, a former Lagos State Chairman of PDP, told newsmen that Nigerians and the people of Edo would miss him.
“Ogbemudia will be missed not only by his people but also by Nigerians who visited old Bendel State at that time because of the infrastructural facilities he put in place for the people.
“Visitors testified of the great works he did for the state; he was one of the best among the then military governors. All I wish for him is for his soul to rest in peace,’’ Shelle said.
Mr Moshood Salvador, the Lagos State Chairman of PDP, described Ogbemudia’s death as shocking.
He said: “It is always sad to hear of the demise of a human being, but what can I say other than to say may his soul rest in peace.’’
In the same vein, the first executive Governor of Kaduna State and the National Chairman of Peoples Redemption Party, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, described his death as sad.
He said: “Although, I do not know him in person, it is usually a sad news when there is news of the death of a human being such as a person so instrumental to the development of a state.’’
Musa prayed for Ogbemudia’s soul to rest in God’s bosom.
Late Ogbemudia was a former Military administrator of old mid-western state from 1967 to 1975.
Ogbemudia also was elected civilian governor of Bendel State after winning the August 1983 gubernatorial election under the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).