Chief Ndidi Okereke, a former Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, is dead.
He died early Monday morning according to a release by the Vice Chairman of the party, Abia North cum Acting Publicity Secretary, Elder Abraham Amah.
The cause of his death is yet to be disclosed but the release said he died suddenly.
Recall that the late Okereke was the PDP Chairman in Abia when the late Prince Vincent Ogbulafor who also passed on recently was the National Chairman of the party.
Chief Okereke who hailed from Isuochi in Umunneochi Local Government Area, was the former Board Chairman, Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia.
PDP said the late Okereke who it described as a big asset, would be greatly missed.
“The sudden death of Chief Okereke is a great loss to his immediate family, the good people of Umunneochi, Abia North, Abia State and the entire PDP family and he will be greatly missed by all”, the release said.
It further read:”It is with a heavy heart that the Chairman of the Abia PDP Rt. Hon. Alwell Asiforo Okere on behalf of the Abia PDP regrets to announce the sudden death of one of its finest gentlemen and a former State Chairman of our Party, Chief Ndid Okereke who passed on to eternity in the early hours of today, Monday November 14, 2022.
“An accomplished Pharmacist, Chief Ndidi Okereke was considered a bridge between the Old and New Breed politicians and doubled as the Chairman of the Contact and Mobilization sub-Committee of the 2023 Abia PDP Campaign Council and the Party’s State Reconciliation Committee.
“He was a reliable, strong ally and a strategic partner of the State governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu who is shattered by the news of the sudden demise of the ever jovial Ndidi Okereke as he was fondly called by all.
“The Party Chairman, Rt. Hon. Alwell Asiforo Okere mourns the painful loss of this great son of Abia State and commiserates with the members of his immediate family, friends and well wishers.”
PDP, announced a shift in its programmes earlier scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) as a mark of honour to the deceased.
“Following his death, the Abia PDP has made a major adjustment to its scheduled programmes for Tuesday November 15, 2022 as the Party Secretariat would remain closed on that day as a mark of respect for the deceased.”
PDP prayed God “to grant his family, friends and Ndi Abia the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed shock and sadness over the death of Okereke.
Ikpeazu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, described the late Okereke as “a first class political leader, administrator and a passionate Abian.”