Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki
The immediate past Coordinator of the Ngbo North Development Centre, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Mr Sunday Igboke, on Monday, slumped and died during his re-appointment verification.
It was gathered that Igboke died around 10pm at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, where Governor David Umahi had supervised the verification of the applicants.
Others at the venue to assist the governor, our correspondent gathered, were the Speaker, the state House Assembly, Francis Nwifurui; the state Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Onyekachi Nwebonyi; the Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Ugbala; and the governor’s Principal Secretary, Clement Nweke, among others.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said before the deceased slumped, he had complained of high blood pressure and left the venue twice for the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki, where he told some associates that he was losing strength.
The source said Igboke thereafter moved into one of the restrooms at the stadium to ease himself.
The source stated, “He complained of high BP. He told us that he spent all he earned during his first term as coordinator on his wife’s ill-health, which had not improved. So, he died out of desperation and maybe felt the screening was not favouring him and then slumped.
“The deceased must have died of high blood pressure following his disqualification during the screening.”