Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has described the death of Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the first civilian governor of the state as a personal loss to him, the government and people of the state.
Chief Alamieyeseigha died, Saturday evening at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving medical care.
Dickson, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, described the late Alamieyeseigha as a strong supporter of his administration.
According to the governor, Chief Alamieyeseigha’s demise was ‘a very painful and monumental loss to the entire Ijaw nation, which he had always defended.’
The Bayelsa governor also commiserated with the deceased’s wife, Margaret, his immediate family, and the entire people of the state, noting that the Ijaws had lost a “rare gem”.
On his part, former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, in his message of condolence to the government and people of Bayelsa state over the demise of the pioneer civilian governor Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, lamented the untimely death of Alamieyeseigha whom he described as ‘an astute politician who was a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) .’
The immediate past Senate President noted in his message by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, that ‘though Alamieyeseigha had not too rosy political career judging from his travails, he nonetheless left an indelible mark as a political colossus .’
“DSP Alamieyeseigha was a man who identified with his people. He was in more than equal proportion loved by his people. No wonder he was crowned as the Governor- General of Ijaw nation,” Mark said.
He deeply sympathised with the immediate family, people of Bayelsa state, the Ijaw nation and Nigerians at large for the sad loss, saying “he played his part with great passion and commitment”.
Senator Mark noted that although Alamieyeseigha had a brief stint as a governor, his legacies cannot be diminished pointing out that he laid the foundation upon which successive administrations in the state built on.