Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has expressed profound shock over the sudden passing of the Chairman of Lokoja Local Government, Mr Mohammed Dan Asabe.
DAILY POST reports that Dan Asabe died in the early hours of Friday at a Lokoja hospital during a brief illness.
His death came hours before the Saturday governorship election in the state.
Bello, in a statement issued by Mr Mohammed Onogwu, his Chief Press Secretary, on Friday in Lokoja, said Dana Asabe’s death was tragic and painful.
He described the council chairman, who died early Friday, as a potent political figure in the state.
“Hon Dan Asabe was a hardworking, dedicated, and compassionate young man who was a friend to all.
“His demise is a monumental tragedy, leaving deep sorrow in the hearts of everyone,” he said.
The governor, who personally attended the funeral rites of the late Lokoja Local Government chairman, noted that Lokoja and the state had lost a gem.
He urged the family, the government, and the people of the council area to accept the incident as the will of Allah.
“I am deeply shocked and devastated at the news of Dan Asabe’s death. His untimely passing is heartbreaking and painful.
“I have lost a reliable associate, a great confidant, and an administrator who toiled tirelessly for the betterment of his people,” Bello added.
Bello eulogised his unique qualities of tolerance, friendliness, and passion for the well-being of his people.
He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the soul of Dan Asabe eternal rest while asking God to give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.