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APC Mourns As Party Leader Falls From 2-Storey Building, Dies In Bayelsa

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APC Mourns As Party Leader Falls From 2-Storey Building, Dies In Bayelsa

APC Leader Jonathan-Omo Falls From Balcony, Dies In UPTH

Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa State chapter, has passed on Thursday, July 12 after being involved in a domestic accident that occurred at his residence.

NIGERIA NEWS notes that Jonathan-Omo, the deputy campaign director general of Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation during the 2016 governorship election in the Bayelsa state was said to be relaxing on the balcony when he started feeling dizzy.

It was learnt that the APC chieftain was trying to get up with the aid of a pillar close to him when he fell off from the balcony of his two-storey building in his country home in Beleu-Pogo in Ogbolomabiri, Nembe local government area of the state.

The close associates of the Bayelsa APC leader revealed that the fatal fall from the balcony was discovered by his wife after hearing the sound from the kitchen.

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He was immediately rushed to a hospital in the state where doctors were said to have advised that he be taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers state.

NIGERIA NEWS gathered that Jonathan-Omo went under the knife when he was rushed to the UPTH but did not survive the surgery.

A member of the Nembe Council of Chiefs and the state chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Chief Nengi James, said the death of Jonathan-Omo, a former law lecturer at Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, had thrown the Nembe Kingdom into mourning.

James said Jonathan-Omo’s death came as a shock, describing the late Jonathan-Omo as a colossus that had contributed greatly to the Nembe Kingdom and the state as a whole.

Reacting to the development, the APC described the death of Jonathan-Omo as an “indescribable loss” of a wonderful ally at a time his experience and energy were most needed.

In a statement in Yenagoa on Thursday, July 12, by the state publicity secretary of the APC, Doifie Buokoribo, the party said Jonathan-Omo, who died on Thursday was a forthright politician, and an illustrious son of Bayelsa state and the Ijaw nation who partook in popular activities to better the lives of his people.

Buokoribo said: “Jonathan-Omo broke his limbs in a fall and fought bravely for his life at a private hospital in Port Harcourt to recover from the injuries he sustained. He never survived them.

“The chief died on Thursday after an unsuccessful operation. All of us had hoped that Jonathan-Omo would recover from his injuries and get on with his life, particularly, at this time of intense political activities in our state and country when his experience and wisdom are seriously needed.

“Lionel Jonathan-Omo, who is from Nembe, trained as a lawyer and taught Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology for several years. He was a former commissioner in Bayelsa state.

“He was also a delegate who represented the state at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference. Until his death, he was a member of the APC. During the 2015-2016 governorship elections, he was the deputy director general of the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation.

“He earned his living as founder of Achievers Farm in Igbogene-Yenagoa.”

Meanwhile, in an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that APC vowed to disengage all PDP members in MDAs.

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