- Says Okpozo’s death is a political blow to Isoko Nation
The immediate past Secretary to the Delta State Government, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, has expressed shock over the death of Senator Francis Spanner Okpozo.
Macaulay who described Okpozo’s death as a political loss to Isoko nation, stressed that the deceased statesman was a brave leader whose political dynasty will continue to live on.
The former SSG commiserated with families of the deceased senator in a condolence message he personally signed and made available to journalists.
He also condoles with the Minority Leader and member representing Isoko Federal Constituency, Hon. Leo Ogor; Ovie of Ozoro kingdom, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Anthony Uvietobore Ogbogbo and the people of Ozoro for the loss of their illustrious son.
He said Okpozo remained a father and a great leader of the Isoko people and South-South Geo-political zone at large despite his recent political party difference.
He added, “As a Deputy Speaker of the Bendel State House of Assembly in 1979, with the good relationship he had with the then governor, Prof. Ambrose Ali, Okpozo influenced the establishment of Bendel State Polytechnic, Ozoro, which was later removed but formed the foundation upon which Chief James Ibori, former governor of Delta State built the Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro.
He contested the National Assembly seat (Senate) in 1992 and won and despite the short lifespan of that assembly by the military government in place, his impact was highly recognized.
“As a party chieftain, Okpozo was a foremost leader of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and later moved to All Progressives Congress (APC) where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees until death.”
“Okpozo was a brave leader, fearless politician where his political dynasty which will continue to live on.”
“it’s sad that those whom are regarded as leaders of Isoko politics are all gone. Death has taken away another political Iroko of Isoko land.
“Isoko, Delta State, South-South geo political zone and Nigeria in general will miss your presence in the political atmosphere of our great country.
“I urge Isoko Nation to take heart over the demise of our political leader and have faith in God at all times, as him alone knows best.” Macaulay ended.