Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson

By Concise News Correspondents

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has described the death of Pere Ajuwa, two-time presidential candidate in the 2003 and 2007 elections, as sad and shocking.

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The governor, who made this known in a statement on Tuesday, said Ajuwa’s demise is a monumental loss to the government and people of Bayelsa state.

Ajuwa, who vied for president on the platforms of the Liberal Democratic Party of Nigeria and the Alliance for Democracy, reportedly died at a hospital in Port Harcourt on Monday.

And governor Dickson recalled Ajuwa’s forays into politics, which saw him contest for the governorship of the old Rivers State and later for the presidency, making him one of the very few minorities of the Ijaw stock to run for the highest office in the land.

According to the governor, the efforts of the late Egbesu of Egbesubiri greatly inspired the younger generation of Ijaw.

He also said Ajuwa gave a greater insight and meaning to why people should legitimately fight for what rightly belong to them, without resorting to violence.

The governor prayed for the repose of his soul and for God Almighty to grant his family the strength, courage and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.