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Ojo Maduekwe Ogbulafor, Adighije mourn late board of trustees secretary of PDP

"Yesterday, when I heard the news, I couldn't sleep; I thought it was a joke until this morning when I started getting calls," he said.

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The former National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Vincent Ogbulafor, has described the death of Chief Ojo Maduekwe, the party’s board of trustees secretary, as shocking.

Reacting to the death in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Thursday, Ogbulafor said that Nigeria had lost "a fine and brilliant diplomat".

"Yesterday, when I heard the news, I couldn't sleep; I thought it was a joke until this morning when I started getting calls," he said.

He said that the country and Abia, his home state, had lost an eminent personality, describing him as "an intelligent, jovial and vibrant man, who was ready to serve his state and nation at any time.

"This is very sad and shocking. Ojo has been a close pal and we have always worked together but death snatched him at a time his services are needed.

"This is a big loss to Abia, his local government area, Ohafia, Nigeria and indeed PDP because he died as the Secretary of the BoT of our great party," Ogbulafor said.

He paid glowing tribute to Maduekwe, who was a one-time National Secretary of the PDP and Minister of Foreign Affairs, saying that he served the nation meritoriously.

"Ojo has served the party and Nigeria very well and he left his footprints on the sands of time," he said.

Ogbulafor urged the PDP governors in the country to rally round and give him a befitting state burial "because he died in active service as secretary of the party's BoT.

Also reacting, Sen. Chris Adighije, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abia, paid special tribute to the deceased, saying he was "an asset to Abia, Nigeria and all of us, who were his associates".

Speaking with NAN in a telephone interview, Adighije described Maduekwe's death as "a sad development for Abia and Nigeria".

He said that Maduekwe had made significant contributions to the nation's socio-political development.

"Ojo was a kind man and he related well with people. He was somebody you cannot wish away," he said.

The APC chieftain described his death as most unexpected and a personal loss to him.

He, however, expressed joy that the deceased left a legacy of selfless service to his fatherland, saying that all Nigerians were mourning his death.

Adighije and Ogbulafor prayed God to grant his soul eternal repose, while wishing his family the fortitude to bear the loss. 

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