Plateau PDP gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date dies at 48

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

The Plateau State gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the April elec­tion, Sen­a­tor Gyang Pwa­jok, has died af­ter a pro­tracted ill­ness aged 48.

Mr Chuwang Dung, who served as the head of the me­dia team dur­ing the gov­er­nor­ship cam­paign, con­firmed the death of the former law­maker, who rep­re­sented PlateauNorth in the Sen­ate be­tween 2011 and 2015 be­fore join­ing the gov­er­nor­ship race.

“The sen­a­tor has been con­firmed dead in an In­dian hospi­tal where he has been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment,” Mr Dung told Daily Trust on phone, yes­ter­day, say­ing Pwa­jok died on the night of Wed­nes­day.

“He has been on ad­mis­sion in the hospi­tal for some time now,” he added.

Mr Dung, who said an of­fi­cial state­ment was still be­ing ex­pected from the de­ceased’s fam­ily as at the time of fil­ing this re­port, de­clined to re­veal the ail­ment which the former law­maker suf­fered from be­fore his death.

Late Sen­a­tor Pwa­jok dis­ap­peared from the pub­lic view shortly af­ter he lost the elec­tion, trig­ger­ing ru­mours of his death ear­lier in July.

He was later con­firmed to be hale and hearty. Af­ter­wards, there was an­other ru­mour that he suf­fered from stroke while in hospi­tal in In­dia. But Mr Dung also dis­missed that as a ploy by mis­chief mak­ers to dampen the spirit of his sup­port­ers at the tri­bunal.

He lost the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress’ (APC) Si­mon La­long on April 11 this year. He pur­sued his case at the elec­tion pe­ti­tion tri­bunal, but lost last Mon­day, two days be­fore his death.

Late Pwa­jok was suc­ceeded at the Sen­ate by his kins­man, Sen­a­tor Jonah David Jang, the im­me­di­ate past gover­nor of Plateau State.

Pwa­jok had suc­ceeded late Sen­a­tor Gyang Dan­tong, who died while at­tend­ing a mass burial of peo­ple killed by in­sur­gents in Barkin-Ladi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area in 2012.

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