By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) weekend jettisoned their internal differences and buried the factional chairman of the party, Chief Samson Ekhabafe, who died in a ghastly motor accident with his first son, Odenose.
The former Chairman of the partyâ€™s Board of Trustees (BOT), and incumbent chairman of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Tony Anenih, could not hold his emotions, weeping uncontrollably, as the body of the deceased was being interred in his country home in Erhurun-Uneme, Akoko Edo local government area of the state.
The burial ceremony was attended by the who is who in the PDP in the state, including the three senators in the state, House of Representatives members representing the state, chairmen of the 18 local government councils and the PDP caucus in the state House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Mr. Zakawanu Garuba.
Other dignitaries at the ceremony included the immediate past governor of the state, Professor Oserhiemen Osunbor, former Chief of General Staff, Vice-Admiral Mike Akhigbe,former deputy governor of the state, Mr.Â Lucky Imasuen, former Presidential aide, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, Chief Dan Orbih, Owere-Dickson Imasogie, Chief Albert Aigbogu, Paschal Ugbome, Chief Clement Bello-Osagie, NosaÂ Adams and other several party chieftains, where on hand to pay their last respect to the late Ekhabafe.
In a message to the Ekhabafe family, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, described the deceased as an obedient party loyalist who sacrificed all he had for the success of the party.
According to him, the party in the state and the nation will miss Ekhabafe and all he represents in the party.
On his part, Chief Anenih, whose tribute was read by Dr Ullifoh, after he broke down, asserted â€œ Ekhabafe was a good friend who was straight forward, he was blunt and will always tell you how he feels on a particular issue at any point in time no matter whose ox is goredâ€.
On his part, Professor Ihonbvere described Ekhabafe as a fearless party leader who died while trying to bring members of the party together in the state.