Rivers council chair slumps, dies
The Caretaker Chairman of the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr. Charles Paul Ejekwu, slumped and died yesterday.
He vomited blood and was taken to a private hospital in D-Line, Port Harcourt. He spoke before he died.
His body has been deposited at the morgue of the Rivers State Government-owned Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH), near the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has cancelled tour of wards in Obio/Akpor Local Government. He visited the deceased’s family yesterday and ordered an autopsy to ascertain the cause of his death.
Foul play was suspected in Ejekwu’s death, following the cold war between him and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the council.
A source alleged that he might have been poisoned.
It was learnt that at a meeting of the 23 council chairmen with Amaechi in the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday evening, the governor pronounced Ejekwu as the leader of the APC in the local government, which some leaders of the APC were not happy about.
It was gathered that at the meeting, Amaechi hailed the deceased for his brilliant performance in just two months in office, which should be emulated by others.
The Nation learnt that at the Tuesday’s meeting between the governor and the council chairmen, also in the Government House, Port Harcourt, Ejekwu was full of life, as he ate and drank with others.
In a telephone interview last night, the council press secretary, Bolingo Elenwo, said Ejekwu popularly called Mayor slumped and died about 3 am in his home on Peter Odili Road, Trans-Amadi Residential Layout, Port Harcourt.
He said funeral arrangements were yet to be made, since the family was yet to meet.
Elenwo described the sudden death of the caretaker chairman as shocking and pathetic.
Ejekwu was sworn in about two months ago with 20 other caretaker chairmen, excluding the chairmen of Degema (Kalabari) and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni councils, who are yet to finish their tenure.