Immortalize Sen. Annie Okonkwo, Prof. Ibe tells FG, Anambra State Govt.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA governorship candidate in the just concluded 2023 governorship election in Abia State, Prof Gregory Ibe has lamented the death of Anambra State born former Senator Annie Okonkwo.
According to a family source, Senator Okonkwo died in the United States of America after a prolonged illness.
Reacting to the recent announcement of the death of Senator Okonkwo, who represented Anambra Central Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly between 2007 and 2011, Prof Ibe bemoaned the untimely lose of the foremost industrialist turned politician.
Prof. Ibe, who commiserated with members of the deceased family, passionately enjoined both Federal and Anambra state governments to immortalize the former senator by naming some public edifices after him.
According to Prof. Ibe, ” It is therefore against the backdrop of abundance of impactful legacies bequeathed to humanity by the former senator that I encourage the Okonkwo family to bear his death with equanimity, while requesting both federal and Anambra state governments to take steps to immortalize his memory by naming a strategic public edifice after him”.
The release made available to newsmen by his media aide, Pastor Sleek Ogwo ANIPR, partly read, “I received with rude shock sad news conveying the unexpected death of my brother Senator Annie Okonkwo.It was really heartbreaking and devastating to come to terms with the horrifying reality of the death of Agunnaechemba, as we fondly called him. Without any doubt, the unfortunate situation portends a colossal lose first to the Okonkwo family of Ojoto town in Idemili North LGA of Anambra state, the business community and the Nigerian political fraternity at large.
Late Senator Annie Okonkwo.
” I am still in a state of shock and bewilderment, especially in view of the fact that we just celebrated his 63rd birthday on the 23rd of May, only to hear of his death two weeks later, but we cannot question God”.