By Abba Gwale
Akwai Ibom government confirmed the death of the state peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Mr. Udo Ekpenyong.
Mr. Ekpenyong died as a result of Coronavirus, according to a government official who preferred to remain anonymous.
Before he was elected as the state party chairman last year, the deceased was the state commissioner for local government and internal affairs and he was a close ally to the current state governor, Udom Emmanuel.
Nigeria is currently facing a surge of Coronavirus cases as the second phase of the pandemic hit the country, 1617 have tested positive for the virus yesterday according to National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).