By Nna Anulumadu
Valentine Ozigbo, the immediate past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc, has extended his condolences to the family of Senator Onyeabo Obi, an elder statesman and international business lawyer who was a founding member of the Board of Trustee (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Ozigbo conveyed his sympathies on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in a press statement issued in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
Senator Obi, who held the title Os’oji Nnewi, passed away at the age of 82, according to his brother, Chief Zik Obi who announced his death.
Mourning the demise of the legendary politician, Ozigbo described his loss as “a huge loss to his family, the city of Nnewi, the good people of Anambra State, the PDP, and Nigeria as a whole. He eulogized him for leaving a legacy of humility, service to humanity, and nation-building that will endure for generations to come”.
According to the Ozigbo’s statement, “Senator Onyeabo Obi was a legend, who laid down the foundation for the nascent democracy Nigeria currently enjoys. As young politicians, we can only hope to live up to the high standards that men like Senator Obi attained.
“As a member of the PDP, I hope that we use the party which he painstakingly co-founded to achieve the lofty goals he had for Nigeria and Anambra State in particular.
“Senator Obi was a man of culture, of style, of great influence, and yet modest and exemplary in all his ways. We have lost a towering person and he will be missed greatly,” Ozigbo added.
The late Senator Obi was a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and he was loyal to the party until his demise. He was also a past president of Otu Oka Iwu, a powerful socio-political group.
An influential political figure on the national stage, he was a former member of the Nigerian Senate, representing Anambra West Senatorial District between 1979 and 1983.
Senator Obi attended St Cyprian’s School, Port Harcourt, between 1943 and 1950 before proceeding to the prestigious Hope Waddell Training Institution, Calabar between 1951 and 1955. He went on to the North-Western Polytechnic, London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London where he graduated in 1962. He was called to the English Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1961.
He was a Life Bencher and once served as the Legal Adviser to the old Eastern Nigeria’s military governor between January and September 1966. He was appointed the Vice, Advisory Committee on Rules of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 1986, an honorary position he held until his death.
Ozigbo, a leading gubernatorial aspirant of the PDP, prayed that God would receive his soul and grant comfort to the family he left behind.