Former Bayelsa PDP Chairman,APC Aspirant ...Inokoba Dead

A former Bayelsa State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired Colonel Sam Inokoba is dead.

Inokoba, who decamped to APC from the PDP alongside over 1000 party members two weeks ago, reportedly died in Lagos.

Further information on the cause of his death was not immediately available.

Meanwhile, a former governor of the state and leader of the party, Chief Timipre Sylva and a former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Governorship aspirant, Chief Timi Alaibe have both expressed shock and sadness over Inokoba's death.

Alaibe, who spoke to in Abuja said he was saddened by the politician's death and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.

He said Inokoba would be missed at a time when the Ijaw nation, APC and Bayelsans needed his political experience and intellect most.

Also, Sylva in a statement described the late Inokoba as a great community leader and an intelligent politician whose contributions to society will be missed by the whole Bayelsa and, indeed, Nigeria.

In a statement issued in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, Sylva said Wednesday’s death of Inokoba had left a vacuum that would be impossible to fill.

“Inokoba was not only close to me, personally, but as a new convert to the current change agenda in Bayelsa State, we shared dreams of a better state, thoughts about the challenges ahead, and regrets about the condition of things in our state.

He leaves a vacuum that can never be filled. His intellect, political sagacity, insight, and passion for the state, the Ijaw nation, and Nigeria, generally, were wonderful qualities that we cherished.

“Inokoba was a true leader, a successful family man, and a great community leader, and a retired soldier. Our thoughts are with the bereaved family in this time of grief. Inokoba will be missed by all of us,” the statement by Sylva said.

The former governor, however, said that the people of Bayelsa State will take solace in the political and communal legacies left by Inokoba.

“We know that the memory of Inokoba will serve as an inspiration to all Bayelsans that knew him,” Sylva stated.

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