Hon. Jerome Eke, popularly known as Igolo 1 of Etche Ethnic Nationality is dead.
The people of Etche-Omuma Federal Constituency, Ndashi community and indeed, Rivers State in general were thrown into deep mourning on Friday following the death of Hon. Jerome Eke, popularly known as Igolo 1 of Etche Ethnic Nationality.
Newsonspot.com.ng learnt that the former lawmaker died in the wee hours of Friday after battling with an unknown ailment.
His death is coming on the heels of the passing of his wife, Lady Joan on January 5, 2021.
Lady Joan, a socialite and business woman was amiable in nature and usually hungout with a select group of female friends during some lavish parties she hosted.
Lady Joan Eke.
Expectedly, the death of the couple has thrown their friends, family members and political associates into a state of mourning and melancholy.
A respondent described them as jolly good fellows even as he said the late Eke was a philanthropist per excellence and political heavyweight.
“It is unfortunate that they had to leave this way. Igolo was a heavyweight. He was sick and shouldn’t have passed on at this time if his associates had rallied round him. May their souls find peace in the bosom of God “, the respondent said.
Jerome Eke’s death was confirmed to by his predecessor in the House of Reps, Ogbonna Nwuke.
Nwuke described Eke as an “astute campaigner and jolly good fellow’, saying his demise is a big loss to the Etche people.
“He (Eke) was a jolly good fellow, a very astute campaigner and he was very close to me regardless of our political differences. It is a great loss for the Etche nation.”
Also, a councilor and leader of Etche Legislative Assembly, Blackson Nwayanwu, said, “Yes, he (Eke) is actually dead. But I don’t know the details yet. His wife too is dead.”
The late Hon. Eke owns the Garden Marriott Hotels, formerly Royal Paragon Hotels located along the Rumuepirikom / Iwofe axis of Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
They left behind a couple of young children and some relatives.