- The PDP in Akwa Ibom state is still mourning its chairman, Udo Ekpenyong who recently passed away due to COVID-19 complications
- A series of events have been lined up to honour the memory of the prominent politician
- The events will last for a week as the ruling party in the state bid their leader goodbye
The Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom has declared a one-week mourning period, effective Monday, January 25 following the death of the state chairman of the party, Udo Ekpenyong.
According to a statement seen by Legit.ng on Tuesday, January 26, the decision was reached by the state working committee of the party and signed by the state deputy chairman, Lawrence Udosen.
The party also directed that flags in the PDP state secretariat complex, as well as those at the chapter and ward offices, must be flown at half-mast.
Part of the statement read:
“For a selfless and forward-thinking leader like the late Obong Udo Ekpenyong, no demonstration of grief will ever be too much.”
The PDP in Akwa Ibom also urged all members of the party to continue to stay safe and strictly observe all subsisting COVID-19 safety protocols.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Ekpenyong died from COVID-19 complications on Monday, January 18.
Ekpenyong, a strong ally of Governor Udom Emmanuel was elected as the state PDP chairman back in 2020.
Before his election, the deceased served as the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs in the state. He was also a former political adviser to former governor Victor Attah.
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has commiserated with his Akwa Ibom counterpart, Mr. Udom Emmanuel over the death of Ekpenyong, and the chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga rtd.
The Rivers state governor described the death of the duo as a grave loss not just to Akwa Ibom state but the entire south-south region.
Wike who was on a condolence visit to Governor Emmanuel at Government House Uyo, on Thursday, January 21 said what touches Akwa Ibom touches Rivers state.
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