- Another prominent politician has died in Delta in what is now a scary spate of deaths in the south-south state
- In the last few weeks, two former commissioners and a special adviser to the governor has died in the state
- On Friday, November 19, a former commissioner in the state and governorship hopeful, Kenneth Okpara was reported dead
According to Sahara Reporters, Okpara, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (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 quoted in the report confirmed the news saying:
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“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.”
PM News reports that the international financial expert and astute political leader died in the oil-rich city of Warri.
According to the report, 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.
Ogeh reportedly passed early hours of Sunday, November 7, after he collapsed around 3 am at his residence in Warri.
Delta state government affected by the spate of deaths
Recently, the entire Delta state government was thrown into mourning following the death of Mary Iyasere.
Until her demise, Iyasere was the special adviser on entrepreneurship development to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
She was formerly the commissioner for commerce and tourism during the governor's first term in office.