Former Cross River Deputy Governor And PDP Chieftain Is Dead

Chief Matthias Offoboche, the former deputy governor of Cross River state in the second republic and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party  is dead, according to family source.

The octogenarian elder statesman passed away on Sunday, October 25, The Guardian reports.

Confirming his death on Tuesday, October 27, Juliana Offoboche, wife of the deceased and former director of public prosecution in Cross River said he has been having some health challenges since August.

She said: “Yes, it is true. He often gave us some premonition of his death. He would urge us to hurry up to complete any task he wanted done by jokingly telling us: `hurry up, I may not be here.

“But he did not die in London last week as speculated.

“Who took him there? Did they take him there? I am presently in his house in Abuja, devastated. Surely, we will get back to you.”

She however refused to give details on the cause of his death.

Offoboche was the deputy to late Chief Clement Isong, former governor of the state on the platform of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

Until his death, he had been campaigning for the creation of Ogoja state and power shift to the Northern senatorial district of Cross River.

He studied Medicine in Dublin and did postgraduate course in the Royal College of Physicians, London.

He was a specialist Obstetrician Gynecologist, a politician and an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).