By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State hasÂ expressed shock over the sudden death of the leader of the party in Edo North senatorial district, and Chairman of Setraco Nigeria Limited, Alhaji Inu Umoru.
The incident was another big blow to the PDP in the state, as it barely two months ago buried its faction chairman in the state, Chief Samson Ekhabafe, who also hailed from the same senatorial district.
Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Zakawanu Garuba, a chieftain of the Party in the state, Chief Dan Orbih, Vice-Chairman of the party (Edo North) in the state, Mr. Paschal Ugbome, and former Special Adviser to the President, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, described the death of Umoru as a great loss to the nation, particularly Afemai people.
Vanguard learnt that Alhaji Umoru gave up the ghost at about 1:00 am early yesterday morning at his residence in Abuja .
He was consequently brought back to Warrake, Owan East local government area of the state, where he was laid to rest according to Muslim rites.
Speaker Zakawanu, who lamented that his death was a big blow to the PDP, the state and Nigeria as a whole, stated that â€œas my leader, I was quite shocked to hear that he slept and could not wake up.
â€œMajority of us are still speechless because nobody would have thought that he will die without any signal. He was like a father to all of us and each time there is a problem in the party or in Afemai land, he always find solutions to it. It is sad and may his soul rest in peaceâ€.
On his part, Ugbome, who regretted that he died at a time the party needed him most, described the deceased as an achiever who grew up from â€œnothing to something and became the chairman of one of the leading construction companies in Nigeria.
â€œSo, we thank God for his life and that of his family. He is somebody that will be very difficult to replace because he is a special oneâ€.
Chief Orbih, asserted that â€œ we lost a political guru and philanthropist and it will be very difficult to find somebody who will fit into his shoes. It is a sad day for the PDP in Edo state and Nigeria as a whole and we mourn him with all our hearts.
â€œThe people of Afemai will miss this great man. May God protect his family and give them the fortitude the bear this irreparable lossâ€.
Some of the dignitaries at his burial included Governor Adams Oshiomohle, the Chairman of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Tony Anenih, Senator Yisa BraimohÂ and other leaders of the PDP both in the state and at the national level.