All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains and top members in Akwa Ibom State have continued to pay tributes to the state’s party chairman, Mr. Ini Okopido.
Among them are the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Senator Godswill Akpabio; former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Obong Nsima Ekere and the Special Adviser to the President of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang.
They recalled the contributions the late politician made to the growth of the party in the state and the eventful life he led in his 56 years on earth.
In a personally statement, Akpabio said he was shocked by the death of Okopido, who he described as a “loyal and resourceful” party man.
The minister recalled his interactions with the late chairman, saying he did not know he was “leaving us so soon”.
He added: “As the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State, Okopido was a committed and resourceful leader who was dedicated to the success and growth of our party.”
Ekere described Okopido’s death as the passing of “an extraordinary leader and a grassroots politician”.
In a statement, the former NDDC boss eulogised Okopido as a man with a heart for the party and the people.
Enang acknowledged the late Okopido’s organisational depth, saying he would be deeply missed.
Also, the state APC chapter has appointed Dr. Ita Udosen, erstwhile Deputy Chairman of the party, as the acting State Chairman.
Udosen was appointed Thursday during an emergency meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party.
A statement by the party’s spokesperson Nkereuwem Eyongekere confirmed the appointment.