National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Friday expressed his deep grief over the death of respected statesman and former Governor of Bendel State (now Edo and Delta states), Brigadier-General (Dr.) Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia (Rtd).

Odigie-Oyegun in a condolence message conveyed his sympathies to the immediate family, people, Governor and government of Edo State over Gen. Ogbemudia’s death.

The APC National Chairman described the late General as a nationalist, detribalised and visionary leader, astute politician, administrator par excellence and statesman.

“The history of the defunct Bendel State (now Edo and Delta states) is incomplete without copious reference to late Ogbemudia’s immense contributions to the social, political and economic development of the geo-political entity. Without doubt, he touched the lives of Nigerians, particularly the people of Edo and Delta States.

“I recall with pride that the University of Benin; Auchi Polytechnic (now Federal Polytechnic, Auchi); Ogbe Stadium (later renamed after Gen. Ogbemudia); College of Physical Education Afuze (now Michael Imoudu College of Physical Education, Afuze); Bendel Line (now Edo Line); befitting High Court Complex, Benin City, State Civil Service Secretariat; Bendel Cement Factory; network of durable motorable roads; Bendel Hotels; Bendel Newspapers Corporation are some of the notable legacies Ogbemudia’s administration bequeathed.

“Since the late Ogbemudia exited office, he worked tirelessly to ensure peace and progress in the country.

“Indeed, Nigeria has lost an illustrious son who soldiered to the very end. We are consoled by the fact that the late Ogbemudia lived an accomplished, impactful and celebrated life. May the Almighty God give the late Ogbemudia eternal rest and the family, the strength to bear the great loss.” Odigie-Oyegun said.