By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”FORMER deputy governor of Edo state, Reverend Peter Obadan, and former Chief whip of the Senate, Senator Rowland Owie, yesterday joined other Nigerians in mourning the death of Edo North leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Chairman of Setraco Nigeria Limited, Alhaji Inu Umoru.
He died Wednesday in his residence in Abuja and was buried according to Muslim rites at his Warrake country home, Owan East local government area of Edo State.
Owie, who described the deceased as a great son of the state, said the news came â€œ as shock to me because we never heard he was sick.
â€œBut we thank God for what he has used him to achieve on earth. He brought Setraco to the level it is today and a lot of people, particularly from Afemai land, have benefitted from his benevolence.
â€œHe was a father that played politics without bitterness. May the Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest and grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.â€
On his part, Rev.Obadan described the deceased as a father and political leader â€œthat is always there for his people. His contributions to the PDP, both in the state and the nation as a whole, is unquantifiable.
â€œOur people from the Afemai land will not forget his contributions to the growth of the area. May his gentile soul rest in peaceâ€.