By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has expressed sadness over the death of a member of Kogi State House of Assembly, John Abbah who is representing Ibaji Constituency of the State.
Abbah died yesterday in an Abuja hospital after a protracted illness.
Bello in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed in Lokoja on Wednesday described the late Abbah as a loyal and dedicated stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state whose contributions to the stability and growth of the party remain overwhelming.
He explained that late Abbah was a seasoned and thoroughbred lawmaker who contributed immensely to the overall development of his constituency and the state as a whole through his various people-oriented bills and motions.
The governor stated that Abbah played a significant role in the harmonious relationships that have existed between the executive and the legislative arm of the state.
He said the state would miss his wealth of experience and contributions to the growth of the legislative arm of the state.
Bello, however, commiserated with the immediate family of the late lawmaker, Kogi Assembly Speaker, members of the state assembly and the people of Ibaji Constituency over the loss.
He prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and fortitude for his family to bear the irreparable loss.
Governor Bello also extended his condolence message to the deputy majority leader, Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Abdullahi Balogun over the death of his father, Alhaji Hassan Balogun.
The governor described late Hassan Balogun as a man of wisdom whose wealth of experience and truthful advice will be greatly missed.