Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described the late former Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Godspower Ake as a developmental politician who offered fatherly advice to all, irrespective of political leaning.
Speaking during a condolence visit to the family of late Chief Godspower Ake in Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike declared that the Rivers State Government will participate in the burial of the late politician because he has served the state.
He said: “Chief GU Ake was a father to all of us despite the political differences. He was a man who never liked problems.
“We decided to come here to say that his death was not painful only to his family, but to the entire state.
“His death was shocking to us. It is painful to the state because he has served this state in various capacities.
He said death is a necessary end that will be the portion of every human being at the appointee time .
He added: “We will stand with you. Rivers State Government will participate in the burial of our late father because he served the state during his life time.
“He has played many roles and served many political parties. God will give the family the strength to bear this loss.He was one of the leaders that everyone ran to for fatherly advice. ”
Speaking further , the governor said: “This has nothing to do with any political party. Chief was a leader who served the state and all political parties. ”
Responding, the widow of the late PDP State Chairman, Mrs Christina Ake said that Chief G. U. Ake has gone to meet with the Lord.
She said the late political leader was a gift to the state, pointing out that he used his talents judiciously to serve the people.
A brother of the late politician, Senator Winston Ake was amongst the family members who received Governor Wike.
Governor Wike was accompanied on the condolence visit by former Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Senator Lee Maeba, Chief Sergeant Awuse , Senator George Sekibo, Prince Shedrach Akalokwu and Prince Emma Anyanwu.