Pdp, Nba Express Shock, Sadness Over Ocholi’s Death

Source: thewillnigeria.com

BEVERLY HILLS, March 07, (THEWILL) – The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday commiserated with the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari over the tragic death of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Barr. James Ocholi SAN, his wife and son in a car crash, the previous day.

This was as the national secretariat of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, bemoaned the demise, stressing that its sorrow was compounded by the fact that car crash which happened along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway also claimed the lives of the Senior Advocate's wife and son.

On the part of the PDP, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement issued on Monday, expressed shock over the incident and prayed God to grant eternal repose to their souls. The party condoled with the minister's family and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

While urging the family to take solace in the exemplary and patriotic life lived by the late minister as well as his immense contributions to the legal profession and the nation at large, the party prayed the Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest.

The NBA, while mourning Ocholi, who it described as one of Nigeria’s greatest legal minds, noted that he was “a devout Christian, a perfect gentleman, an astute Legal Practitioner and a member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA who dedicated his life in selfless service to the nation and humanity.” It stressed that the modest achievements and sterling qualities of their late colleague led President Muhammadu Buhari to make him an Honourable Minister.

The body maintained that Ocholi contributed immensely to the growth and development of the nation during his short period he served as the Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment.

The statement reads, “The NBA commiserates with the entire Ocholi family, the Government and good people of Kogi State, the Federal Government as well as all Nigerians on the unfortunate demise of this illustrious son and a great achiever for whom hard work, integrity and philanthropy were articles of faith. Whilst we mourn him, we should take solace in the fact that he lived an exemplary life here on earth and left behind a legacy of statesmanship and enduring love for humanity.

“May God in His infinite goodness grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss as we pray for the repose of his soul and those of his wife and son who died in the tragic mishap.”