The death, on Tuesday night, of an aspirant for the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, is already creating ripples in the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party under which the late aspirant wanted to contest for the seat.
Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd) allegedly died after a shouting match at a political meeting in Lagos where he was being pressured to step down for Timi Alaibe, another aspirant on the party’s platform for the same position.
The election holds in December, but it was learnt that to create a formidable force ahead of the primary election of the APC, Alaibe had convened a meeting attended by Inokoba and some other party weights.
According to reports, some wanted Inokoba to drop his governorship ambition to allow Alaibe emerge as the only aspirant from Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area since they were both from the same local government.
While the meeting was in full swing and the argument on whether Inokoba, who picked the party’s form on Monday, should step down or not raged, the former military man suddenly slumped and reportedly died before help could come to him.
The news has thrown his loyalists into mourning while it was learnt that the party is already confused over the incident. The Royal FM radio station in the state has also continued to break the story to an astonished public.
Inokoba was the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP0 in the state before he defected to the APC to actualize his dream of governing the state.
He had earlier reportedly slumped at an APC meeting some weeks ago, but he denied this.