8th December, 2010
Clara, wife of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, is dead. She died last nightÂ as a result of a protracted breast cancer.
A statement from the governorâ€™s office this morning, revealed that Mrs. OshiomholeÂ passed on at 54.
Clara Oshiomhole, nee Akharagbon,Â died at exactly 10:53 p.m. yesterday at Maitama,Â Clinic, Abuja.
Until her death, she was a solid pillar behind her husband, all through his days asÂ a frontline labour activist and his struggle to reclaim his governorship mandate,Â which culminated in his court victory 12 November 2008.
Clara was the initiator of the Health Foundation for Maternal and Child Care, a petÂ project which is aimed at providing quality healthcare for pregnant women and theÂ girl child.
She is survived by five children, namely Winnie, Jane, Steve, and Adams Jnr.
TheÂ First Lady of Edo hailed from Igbienie, Esan West LGA of Edo State.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the deceased had not been in good health in recent years. SheÂ shuttledÂ between Nigeria and the United States of America, USA for treatment ofÂ Â the breast cancer.
The deceased came home a few days ago for the marriage of her second daughter, Jane,Â scheduled for Saturday 18 December at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Maitama, inÂ Abuja. Now, her death may cause the postponement of the wedding. Last week, as ifÂ having a premonition of death, her husband invited the General Overseer of theÂ Redeemed Church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye to offer her special prayers in Abuja. TheÂ prayers were offered last week Tuesday. But a day after, her condition worsened andÂ she wasÂ admitted at the Abuja clinic.
Speaking on the development, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the late First Lady,Â Mr. Ernest Omoarelojie, described her as â€œa mother, a virtuous woman and a goodÂ Christian who devoted her life to the good of others, especially the lessÂ privileged.â€
The Secretary to State Government, SSG, Hon. Pally Iriase, stated that the deceasedÂ would be deeply missed by the people and government of Edo State.
The news of her death has already paralysed activities at several government officesÂ in Benin, the state capital, as many civil servants wore mournful looks.
A condolence register has already been opened at the Government House in Benin, theÂ Secretariat and the residences of the Oshiomholes in Abuja, Ekpoma and Benin,Â whereÂ scores of sympathisers are trooping in to commiserate with Governor Oshiomhole.
Meanwhile, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has condoled with one of its own,Â Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, over the death of his wife, Clara, saying newsÂ of the death hit the party with rude shock and sadness.
In a statement issued in AbujaÂ on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary,Â Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party hailed Gov. Oshiomholeâ€™s stoicism in the face of hisÂ wifeâ€™s illness and eventual death, and prayed that God will grant her eternal restÂ and give the family she left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
â€œDespite the pain and the anxiety brought about by the illness, Gov. Oshiomhole -Â true to his credentials – has been devoting so much time to governance and theÂ people, while also taking time to care for his darling wife.
â€œHe could have easily used the illness as a reason to abandon his post or jet abroadÂ at the slightest opportunity, but he was able to strike a fair balance between theÂ demand of his high office and the need to be by his wife at her moment of need. â€œWeÂ salute Comrade Oshiomholeâ€™s trademark courage even in the face of dauntingÂ challenges of life, we commiserate with him and his family as they mourn the loss ofÂ their loved one and urge them to continue to bear the loss with utmost dignity.
â€œWe are also grateful for the immeasurable support given to Comrade Oshiomhole byÂ his wife, Clara, who, despite her own illness, stood side by side with her husbandÂ as he fought an epic battle to reclaim his stolen mandateâ€™â€™,Â ACN said.