Mr Nestor Binabo, a former acting governor of Bayelsa state, has passed away.
The Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, described Binabo's passing as sad.
Binabo, who was acting governor between January 27 and February 14, 2012, passed on Thursday morning after a protracted illness.
He also held other political offices, including being a Commissioner for Youth and Conflict Resolution, Deputy Speaker, Acting Speaker and Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly.
Governor Diri in a condolence message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, described Binabo as a grassroots politician who will be greatly missed in the politics of the state.
He also said Binabo contributed his quota to the development of the state and left at God’s ordained time, having battled to stay alive.
Diri urged his immediate and political families to accept his demise as the will of God and be consoled by his great impact in the politics and development of the state.
He, therefore, asked God to grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
He said: “It is sad that the state has lost a former acting governor, foremost legislator and formidable grassroots politician.
“No one can question God why it happened. Everyone has an appointed time.
“I urge his family to be comforted by his exemplary role in politics and his impact in the development of Bayelsa. The state will greatly miss him.
“I pray for strength for the family and the grace to bear this loss.”