Buhari mourns as Senator Francis Okpozo dies


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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Delta State on the death of Chief Francis Okpozo, a Second Republic senator and member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, stated that the President also commiserated with the family and friends of the late distinguished senator, whose championing of social justice in the Niger Delta, during his long history of service to the people, endeared him to many.

As a stalwart of the APC in the South-South, the statement said, President Buhari believed that the party greatly benefited from the octogenarian’s charismatic leadership and wealth of experience as a politician.

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“The President hopes that all who mourn Senator Okpozo will carry forward his legacy of unwavering dedication to the unity of Nigeria, even as the nation would fondly remember his contributions to peace, development and justice in the Niger Delta.

“President Buhari prays that God Almighty will comfort the family of the late senator and grant the soul of the departed eternal rest,” Femi Adesina said.

A South–South Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Second Republic Senator, Chief Spanner Francis Okpozo, died on Monday after a brief illness, according to announcement by a family source on Tuesday.

Till his death, late Okpozo was one of the most influential heavyweights in the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State in particular and in the South-South region in general.

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