Makinde, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, condoled with Okowa, urging him to take heart and take solace in God and the good legacy left behind by his late dad.
He said: “The news of the passing on of Sir Arthur Okowa, the father of His Excellency, the governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa came to me as a shock.
“I condole with His Excellency on the demise of the older Okowa and I urge him to take heart and take solace in God and the good legacy Papa left behind.
“The passing on of any loved one, no matter how old, always comes with a touch of sadness, because no matter how old a loved one is, we do not want them to die.
“However, as the Bible says that it is appointed for all men to die, we can only submit to the will of God. So, I encourage my brother to be strong and pray that God will grant him and everyone Papa left behind the fortitude to bear this loss.