Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Edo Politicians Mark First Year Anniversary Of Akpata's Death

Benin — POLITICIANS in opposing camps in Edo state, yesterday in Benin closed ranks temporarily as they joined family members and well wishers at the memorial service in honour of the immediate past chairman if INEC, Justice phraim Akpata who died exactly a year ago.

The occasion paraded a roll call of who is who in the state with the incumbent INEC boss, Dr. Abel Guobadia, leading a high-powered delegation of INEC officials from Abuja and other parts of the country.

Edo governor, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, who declared yesterday half working day for the state public servants in honour of the late INEC boss, also led his cabinet members to the service at the St. Peter's Anglican church, Benin.

Officiating minister, venerable Abednigo Edionwe, extolled the late Justice Akpata for his record of dedicated service and selflessness to the nation and urged public office holders of the present day to emulate him.

"Late Justice Akpata was one who restricted his expenditure to the level of his income," Edionwe said, adding that in contrast, "the way public office holders squander public money these days is worrisome and suggests madness.

The tomb of the late INEC boss was also officially unveiled at his modest home in the state capital.

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