The State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Ini Okopido is dead.
TheMail Newspaper learnt from family sources that the Chairman of the opposition party in Akwa Ibom has been suffering from a protracted illness for some time now.
One of the family sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said Okopido had undergone surgery in recent past but the sickness took a toll on him, making him look frail.
The family source also said that Ini’s brother, Ime Okopido, a former Minister of Environment in Nigeria who died some months ago is yet to be buried.
The source said this period is a difficult one for the Okopido family, as the departed were the pillars of the family.
Meanwhile, credible sources who are ranking officials of the APC in the state have confirmed the passing on of their chairman. Some of the party chieftains who spoke to our reporter said Okopido’s death is a big loss to the party and prayed for the repose of his soul.