A former Military Governor of the old Bendel State, Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, is dead, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting. He was 84.
A family member, who requested not to be named, also confirmed the passage of the politician to a reporter in Benin, the Edo State capital.
“He died last night,” our correspondent quoted the family member as saying.
A former Edo Government official also confirmed the development to Postrendy reporter.
“I spoke to his son, and he confirmed the development to me,” said the official who asked not to be named.”He said the family would be meeting today to decide on his interment.”
Mr. Ogbemudia, born September 17, 1932, was an officer of the Nigerian Army and military administrator of the defunct Mid Western State between 1967 and 1975.
That state was later renamed Bendel State, but has since been broken into the present Delta and Edo States.
After his military career, Mr. Ogbemudia was, in 1983, elected civilian governor of the old Bendel State, but his tenure was cut short by the military coup of December 1983, led by current President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was until his death a chieftain of Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, you can the Wikipedia entry for Mr. Ogbemudia HERE.