By Okon Bassey
The Akwa Ibom State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Mr. Udo Ekpenyong, is dead.
Sources said the deceased PDP state leader died in the early hours of yesterday.
The state PDP chairman died few months after the death of the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who reportedly died from a prolonged illness and had long been buried.
Ekpenyong’s death is the second high-profile death recorded in the state after the death of the first indigenous military Governor of the state, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, who died on the 2020 Christmas eve.
Ekpenyong, before his election as the state chairman of the PDP, was a former state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
By the time of filling in this report, officials of the party and family members were said to be in crucial meeting over the incident.
However, the family, party and the state government are yet to issue an official statement over the tragedy.
The state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Borono Bassey, didn’t answer his phone calls to comment on the development.