THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday extolled its former National Publicity Secretary and former Minister of Information and Environment, Mr. John Odey,
describing his death as a shocking and devastating loss, both for the party and the nation at large.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to the statement, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus who led other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to the Abuja residence of the deceased on Saturday on condolence visit described the late John Odey as a highly resourceful Nigerian, an excellent administrator, outstanding democrat, a loyal party man and a man of faith, who dedicated his life for the service of the nation and humanity at large.
Secondus who said that the nation had lost one of her finest citizens and that the PDP was very pained by his death, which came at a time the nation needed him most described John Odey as a “jolly good fellow”, who performed all assignments given to him with unequaled dedication and commitment to the admiration of all both at the party and the federal cabinet.
According to Prince Secondus, “John Odey was a jolly good fellow; his death was shocking to us. We had prayed with him in hope that he will recover; his death is so painful that I have no words to describe the agony in our hearts
“John Odey was a brother. We believe he is with the Lord and that one day, we shall be with him. This death is too heavy to bear but we pray that God grant us all the strength to bear the pain”, Prince Secondus said.
Speaking during the visit, the representative of the Odey family, Mr. Anthony Odey, thanked the leadership of the party, noting that the family was very encouraged by the visit.
The PDP has been in mourning since the news of the death came to it at its National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where the party also held a minute silence in honour of the deceased.
Also, a condolence register, in honor of this great Nigerian, has since been opened at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
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