16th February, 2015
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The Rivers state PDP Campaign Organisation has condoled the government and people of Bayelsa state on the death of some PDP women in an auto crash along East West Road.
In a statement issued by Emma Okah, Chairman, Media and Publicity of the Organisation, the party said the PDP governorship candidate in Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, leaders and members of the party are deeply pained by this loss, coming at a time when the services of these great women are needed most in family and nation building.
Okah prayed God to grant eternal rest to the souls of the deceased and give the bereaved families the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
It would be recalled that Bayelsa state was thrown into mourning as 12 prominent women died in a ghastly auto crash near Old Ahoada Market on the Ahoada/Elele section of the East/West Road, Rivers State.
Among the dead were former Members of the State House of Assembly and Commissioners from the state and the wife of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG.
Some of the identified victims were a former Member of the State House of Assembly from Brass Local Government and Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson, Mrs. Ruby Benjamin; a Former Commissioner for Women Affairs under the administration of Gov. Timipre Sylva, Gimbra Panowei; the Wife of Prof. Edmond Oguru; the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs.Elizabeth Allison-Oguru and a Woman Leader from Otuoke Community in Ogbia local government, Madam Consider Amadi.
Also killed in the accident was the wife of the owner of a popular Montessori school known as Ayakpo International schools, Mrs. Inamamu Ayakpor.
Mrs Ebisinte Ayabowei, a former Bayelsa State Commissioner survived in the accident.
They were on their way back to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital from the Port Harcourt International Airport where they had gone to see off Mrs Patience Jonathan, wife of President Jonathan.
The women, who are members of Mrs Jonathan’s female wing of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, known as Women For Change Initiatives had earlier visited Patience Jonathan in her country home of Okrika community in Rivers State.