The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has  expressed shock over the death of the first elected Deputy Governor of Delta State, Mr Simeon Ebonka, saying death has robbed the State of a peace-loving elderstateman.

In a Press Statement  by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr   Dennis Otu, the Speaker said that the news of  the passing of the former Deputy Governor came to him as a rude shock, noting  that the state has lost one of its illustrous sons.

Rt Hon Oborevwori  who described Mr  Simeon Ebonka as a peace loving and an upright  politician , said   that the people of Delta state will surely miss him.

According  to him; “We have lost a peace-loving elderstateman whose wise counsel and fatherly advise we will miss dearly. He played politics without bitterness. As a  Deputy Governor between 1992 and 1993, he made visible  contributions towards the  solid foundation for the development of our dear state. He has a special place in the history of the State”.

The  Speaker admonished the people of Ika Nation and Owa-Alizomor community in Ika North East Local Government Area to take solace in the fact that  Mr  Simeon Ebonka lived well and was very compassionate and a seasoned administrator.

He said; ” On behalf of my family and constituents, I mourn the demise of our peace-loving elderstateman and first Deputy Governor of Delta State, Simeon Ebonka. We have lost a fine gentleman and a consummate politician of our time. Painful that death robbed us of him now at this time”. 

He  prayed that God should comfort those he left behind and grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and  the soul of the departed rest in peace.