… As Oluremi Tinubu presents motion on Apapa gridlock today
By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—THE Senate, yesterday, paid glowing tributes to late former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who died on October 10.
The Senate, which described the late Alamieyeseigha as a generous and loving man, whose death was not only a loss to Bayelsa State, the Izon people, the South-South geopolitical zone in particular, but the nation at large, sent an eight-man delegation, led by Senator Francis Alimikhena, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo North, to condole with the family of the deceased, the people and the government of Bayelsa State.
The Red Chamber also observed a one minute silence in his honour.
The action of the Senate was sequel to a motion, by Senator Forster Ogola, PDP, Bayelsa West, titled :”Demise of Governor DSP Alamieyeseigha,” and co-sponsored by 17 other senators, which was considered during the plenary.
While noting that the late Alamieyeseigha was the first democratically elected governor of Bayelsa State, having been elected in May 1999 and re-elected in 2003, the Senate said it appreciated that the deceased, before becoming governor, served the nation as a member of the Nigerian Air Force, where he retired as a Squadron Leader.
Contributing to the motion, Senator George Sekibo, PDP, Rivers East, said the late former Bayelsa governor, while alive, fought to ensure that the Ijaw ethnic group, hitherto abandoned, was remembered.
“He fought to ensure that the Ijaw nation is in the map of Nigeria. Today, we remember the good things he did for us by putting the South-South people together. The late DSP, in his humility, picked Dr. Goodluck Jonathon, who was then not a very active politician and brought him to the forefront of politics and exposed him to the whole nation. Today, I join all including his admirers to wish him farewell. Adieu till we meet again,” Sekibo said.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided the plenary, therefore set up an eight-man delegation to visit the state and condole with the government and family of the deceased.
Meanwhile, before the commencement of the day’s plenary, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, APC, Lagos Central, informed the Senate of the motion she intended to sponsor today on the Apapa gridlock, and asked those willing to support her motion to come forward with their names.