A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress [APC] and emerging godfather of Kogi State politics, Senator Dino Melaye has explained his last discussion with the late Minister of State for Labour, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN).
Mr. Ocholi died with his wife and son, on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway while on their way back from a church service in Kaduna.
Senator Melaye spoke with journalists on Sunday night at the premises of the National Hospital, Abuja where the corpses of the deceased were deposited.
Melaye (APC, Kogi West), who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, said Ocholi’s death has left a big vacuum in Nigeria.
He said, “I am shocked, I am still in shock and in pains.
“I spoke with him this morning and we agreed that we were going to have a chat when he comes back from Kaduna.
“We have lost somebody, we have lost a great Nigerian; we have lost an intellectual and lawyer.
“We have lost a great Kogite. I am shocked.
“His death is a major setback for Nigeria because the intellectual sagacity and contribution of Ocholi cannot be quantified.
“It is painful. When we spoke, we discussed issues that relate to the development of Kogi State.
“We discussed issues that relate to the socio-economic development of our state.
“We discussed issues relating to the political development of Kogi State.
“It is unfortunate that we have lost a great son and Nigerian.”
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