President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his condolences to the people and government of Edo state over the death of Chief Samuel Ogbemudia.
The President also condoled with the family of the former governor of the defunct Midwest region and old Bendel State.
A statement released on Friday by Mr. Femi Adesina, the spokesperson to Buhari, said that the President joined the people other admirers in mourning the elder statesman.
He said that Ogbemudia diligently served the country with courage and dedication at crucial moments in her history both as military governor and a democratically elected civilian governor.
The President believes that the late Ogbemudia, who had a distinguished career as a military officer, administrator and Federal Minister, has left an impressive legacy of hardwork, discipline and commitment to communal, state, regional and national development.
The President recalls the unique role of the elder statesman in the nation’s return to civilian rule in 1999.
He trusts that, as a tireless advocate for equity, Ogbemudia would be long remembered and honoured for his dedication to the advancement of his people, especially in the fields of education, social welfare and infrastructure.
The news of the death was confirmed by Mr Sam Ogbemudia (Junior) who said his father in his official residence on Friday in Benin at the age of 84.
He said he would miss everything about his father.
He said his father taught him almost everything in life from childhood to adult.
“I learnt so much from him. He was a wonderful man. I will miss everything about him; both his biological children and non biological ones.”
Late Ogbemudia was a former Military administrator of old mid-western state from September 1967 – 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).
Until his death, a was a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, Deputy Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, has described the Late Ogbemudia as a detrabalised Nigerian
Ativie told NAN that Ogbemudia’s transition was a sad loss to the nation.
She described Ogbemudia as an elder statesman and an apostle of democracy who maintained a firm belief in the rule of law and fair play.
“The news was shocking; we have lost a leader and bridge builder. He has contributed a lot to sustain democracy and the development of the nation.
“He is a good adviser : no matter the issue you take to him, you are sure that you will get good advice from him,” she said.