- The PDP in Ughelli North local government area of the state has lost its chairman, Chief Lawrence Agbatutu
- Chief Agbatutu's death was announced on Monday, November 22, by an aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
- Nothing has been said about what led to the death of the PDP chieftain, neither has the party released an official statement on the development
Ughelli North LGA, Delta - A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta, Chief Lawrence Agbatutu, has been reported dead.
Agbatutu's death was announced by the special assistant on media to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Ovie Success Ossai, via his Facebook page on Monday, November 22.
Ossai wrote on the social media platform:
"We just lost Ughelli North PDP Chairman, Hon. Lawrence Agbatutu.
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"May his soul RIP."
Delta state ex-commissioner, Kenneth Okpara is dead
Okpara, a member of the PDP, was said to have battled with an unknown illness for the past three years.
He was said to have died in the early hours of Friday, November 19 in an undisclosed hospital.
A PDP chieftain confirmed the news by saying:
“Yes, Kenneth Okpara is dead, he died at about 4:00 am this morning and that's all I can say for now. May his soul rest in peace amen.”
The international financial expert and astute political leader died in the oil-rich city of Warri.
Okpara had, before his untimely demise, been garnering support across the state for his governorship ambition.
A serving commissioner in the state, Olorogun Arthur Akpowowo confirmed the death in a post on his Facebook page, writing:
“Eku will remember you for a long time to come. RIP Kenneth O. Okpara.”
High spate of deaths among former political office holders in Delta
Recall that Joseph Ajirioghene Ogeh, the immediate past Delta commissioner for housing, died recently.
Ogeh, an architect, died barely 24 hours after Isoko nation lost renowned historian and former commissioner for education, Prof. Abednego Ekoko.