A former lawmaker representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Jerome Eke, has died few days after losing his wife, Joan.
Eke, who represented his constituency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between 2015 and 2019, was said to have passed away last Friday, barely 10 days after his wife died.
When contacted, Eke’s kinsman and predecessor in the House of Representatives, Ogbonna Nwuke, confirmed the former lawmaker’s death, though the cause of death was not disclosed.
Nwuke, who is the Rivers State spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), described Eke as an “astute campaigner and jolly good fellow’, saying his demise is a big loss to the Etche people.
“He (Eke) was a jolly good fellow, a very astute campaigner and he was very close to me regardless of our political differences. It is a great loss for the Etche nation,” Nwuke said.
Also, a councillor and leader of Etche Legislative Assembly, Blackson Nwayanwu, said, “Yes, he (Eke) is actually dead. But I don’t know the details yet. His wife too is dead.”
KanyiDaily had also reported that a former minister of commerce and industry, Jubril Martins-Kuye, died on Sunday morning at his residence in Victoria Garden City, Lagos State.