Mr. Sunday Igboke, a former aide to the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Monday, slumped and died during the re-appointment verification supervised by the governor.
Others on the panel with the governor were the Speaker of the state House Assembly, Francis Nwifurui, the state Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] Chairman, Onyekachi Nwebonyi, the Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Ugbala, and the governor’s Principal Secretary, Clement Nweke, among others.
Mr. Igboke was the immediate past Coordinator of the Ngbo North Development Centre, Ohaukwu Local Government Area in the state.
Available reports show that Igboke died at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, venue of the verification exercise for applicants.
Before his death, the former aide told some associates that he was losing strength.
He had also complained of high blood pressure and left the venue twice for the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki.
A source disclosed that Igboke had gone into one of the restrooms at the stadium to ease himself.
He was also reported to have recounted that the deceased spent all he earned during his first term as coordinator on his wife’s ill-health, which had not improved.
He said: “He died out of desperation and maybe he felt the screening was not favouring him and then slumped.
“The deceased must have died of high blood pressure following his disqualification during the screening”, the source added.