Leke Baiyewu and Ovie Okpare
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, have expressed sorrow over the death of a former Governor of Taraba State, Mr Danbaba Suntai, describing him as a man of peace.
Saraki, in a statement on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the demise of Suntai had robbed Nigeria of a worthy leader and a gentleman.
He commiserated with the family of the deceased, the people and Government of Taraba State over the unfortunate incident.
The Senate President said, “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing on of His Excellency, Danbaba Suntai. Words failed me to adequately express how deeply sorry I am over this devastating news.
“His outstanding charisma and humility as a politician will be sorely missed. He was a passionate leader who contributed his quota to the service of humanity. His death is a painful loss to his family, the people of Taraba State and Nigerians at large.
“I extend my condolence to Governor Darius Ishaku, the people and Government of Taraba State as well as the Suntai family.”
Suntai, who was involved in a plane crash in October 2012, died in Houston, Florida, in the United States on Wednesday at 56.
The former governor had since the plane crash been receiving treatments in hospitals across the world.
Okowa, who has embarked on a 15-day leave as part of his annual vacation, has also expressed shock at Suntai’s death.
The governor said the late Suntai was a distinguished politician and his death was a big blow to the entire country, the Peoples Democratic Party and the people of Taraba State in particular.
In a statement issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the governor stated that Suntai lived a life of integrity and great accomplishments as those he affected positively could rightly testify.
The statement added, “Danbaba Suntai, a distinguished administrator and statesman, will be remembered for redefining the place of service and patriotism in Nigeria’s development. He will be sorely missed by all and sundry whose lives he affected in many ways.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I mourn with the family of the late Mr Danbaba Suntai, the government and people of Taraba State, and the PDP nationwide on the demise of the former governor.”
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