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The Transition Committee Chairman of Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia, Mr Onyekachi Okoro, is dead, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the area, Mr Anthony Nwankwo, has confirmed.

Okoro was said to have slumped at a private residence in Umuahia at about 1 p.m. on Thursday and died before he could get medical help.

Nwankwo,  who is a PDP chairman, confirmed the incident to newsmen at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, where the deceased was taken to for medical attention.

Nwankwo, who was a close political ally of the deceased, said that he slumped after holding a meeting with some officials of the council in Umuahia.

He said: “The man had a meeting with the council’s Head of Service and Treasurer in Umuahia.

“Thereafter, he visited the house of our leader (name withheld). At the place, he went into the rest room.

“When he came out of the rest room, he started feeling somehow and eventually slumped.”

He added that he was quickly rushed to the hospital.

He further said that the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Azubuike Onyebuchi, was immediately contacted and he joined a medical team to carry out palpitation on him “to see if he could be resuscitated.”

He refuted the report in some social media platforms that the deceased slumped and died in his house in Arochukwu after holding a meeting in his office with some council officials.

A medical doctor at the Accident and Emergency (A and E) Unit of the hospital said that Okoro “was brought here dead.”

The doctor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that efforts made to resuscitate him by a team of medical doctors were unsuccessful.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that his remains were still lying within the precincts of the A and E unit at the time of filing the report.

Okoro was appointed the chairman of the local government in December.