The Chairman of the Interim Caretaker Committee of the ruling-Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State, Johnson Onuigbo, is dead.
A member of the family told journalists on Tuesday that Mr Onuigbo died on Monday evening at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia.
The source said on the condition of anonymity that “he died after a brief illness at FMC and (his corpse) has been deposited at the mortuary.”
He declined further information regarding the cause of his death.
The Publicity Secretary of the party, Love Ezema, said in a telephone interview that she was shocked when she heard the news of the death.
“I was deeply shocked to hear that he died yesterday,” Mrs Ezema said.
NAN correspondent reports that sympathisers were seen trooping in and out of the late chairman’s country home at Umuobasi Ugba in Umuahia.
The deceased was described as benevolent, humane, friendly and likeable, with scores of indigent students from his community under his scholarship scheme.
Mr Onuigbo was a one-time Transition Committee Chairman of Umuahia North Local Government Area and former Vice Chairman, PDP Abia Central Zone.
He was elected the chairman of the party in 2016 and appointed the chairman of the caretaker committee on May 14, at the expiration of his four-year tenure.