Peter Obi mourns Herbert Wigwe, Abimbola Ogunbanjo


Access Holdings CEO, Herbert Wigwe

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi has mourned the Group Chief Executive Officer, Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, who was feared dead in a helicopter crash in California near the Nevada border, United States of America.

Wigwe died at 57 on Friday night alongside his wife Chizoba, son and three others in a helicopter crash in California, United States.

There were no survivors, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in a statement

The former Anambra State governor’s condolence message to Wigwe’s family and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former group chairman of NGX Group, was contained in a statement he posted on his social media platforms  on Sunday morning.

“I’m deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of my dear friend, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Holdings, along with his wife and son, and another close friend, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former group chairman of NGX Group,” Obi wrote.

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“This loss is profoundly felt across the nation. I first met Herbert during his early days, on the brink of starting his marital journey.

“I vividly remember assisting him in preparing for his traditional wedding and being there for the ceremony with his wife, Chizoba, from Achina, Anambra State. Since then, I’ve maintained a connection to his endeavours in my own modest ways.

“Herbert, a determined and forward-thinking individual, led Access Bank to new heights following his brother Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.

“The loss of such an exceptional individual reminds us of life’s fleeting nature, encouraging us to live with a purpose that contributes to the betterment of humanity. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Herbert, his beloved wife, his son, and all those who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash.

“May God grant them eternal rest and provide strength to Herbert’s family, Access Holdings, and all of us mourning this irreplaceable loss.”

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