Plateau PDP governorship candidate dies at 48
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.