BEVERLY HILLS, March 01, (THEWILL) – The family of Omokide has announced the passing of its “patriarch, grandfather, father and husband,” Alhaji Aliu Omokide, a former Member of the old Bendel State House of Assembly.
Alhaji Omokide died on Friday 26, 2021 at the age of 87.
Pa. Omokide, who hailed from the Igarra community of Edo state, was a member of the House of Assembly in the defunct Bendel state (1979-83).
Described as a political colossus who offered quality representation to his constituency, Omokide assisted in laying a solid foundation for infrastructural and educational development of his people.
As Secretary to the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for many years, Alhaji Omokide cherished his religion and preached non-violence, while respecting both major religions.
In some of his tributes and condolence messages, Oba Okhishimede Eshimokhai the Idogu III and Olokpe of Okpe Kingdom in Akoko-Edo, extolled late Alhaji Aliyu Omokide for his unparalleled selfless service to humanity.
He described the late patriarch as a “development legend” who brought a great deal of infrastructural illumination not only to his land of nativity, Igarra, but the entire Akoko-Edo.
“The quality representation which late Alhaji Aliyu Omokide offered his people during his heydays as an honourable member of the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly is eternally evergreen and difficult to forget,” he wrote.
On his part, former Chief of Staff to the Edo State government, Taiwo Akerele said: “This man believed in selfless service to humanity and not how much he can grab into his pocket. He is a role model and I am happy to be associated with his legacy and his personality. Indeed, a good name is better than so-called riches and billions without a sense of humanity.”
Alhaji Aliu Omokide is survived by wives, children, in-laws and grandchildren.