A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa State chapter, Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo, is dead.
Jonathan-Omo, the Deputy Campaign Director General of Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation during the 2016 governorship election in the state reportedly had a fatal fall from the balcony of his two-storey building in his country home in Beleu-Pogo in Ogbolomabiri, Nembe Local Government Area of the state.
Close associates revealed that the fatal fall from the balcony was discovered by his wife after hearing the sound from the kitchen.
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.
It was learnt that the deceased was operated upon when he was rushed to the UPTH but did not survive the operation.
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.
He said the news of his 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 by the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr 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.
“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 representing 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.