Chief James OnanefeIbori has described the death of Second Republic Senator, Francis Spanner Okpozo, who died in Benin City at 81 as a devastating blow to Delta State, the South-South, and the entire country.
Ibori made this known in a press statement signed by Tony Eluemunor, Chief Ibori he said that Senator Okpozo was an indefatigable fighter for the betterment of the Niger Delta.
‘We can all recall that during the last national confab, Pa Okpozo’svoice was strident in calling for increased derivation per centage for the oil producing states, even as he warned of the consequences of the injuries that would be done to Nigeria if fiscal federalism was not made a reality in the country .
Ibori said that the leadership qualities in Okpozo came to the fore when he emerged a Deputy-Speaker of the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly. Since then, he always remained a voice of reason whenever serious national issues was being discussed.’
Iboria dded that Okpozo was a tireless peacemaker who toiled night and day to ensure that peace reignedin Delta State, and prayedGod to grant Okpozo’s immediate family the strength to bear the irreparable loss, pointing out that his achievements in diverse areas as of national life will never be forgotten.