The death of Senator Pius Ewherido of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) representing Delta Central Senatorial district in the National Assembly today has sent tongues wagging in Delta State forcing the state government to urge calm.
Since the announcement of Ewerhido’s death today, the Delta Central Senatorial district and Delta state in general have been thrown into mourning.
Several of the late senator’s constituents and family members wept uncontrollably when the sad news was broken to them around 5:50 PM Nigerian time.
Some political associates of Senator Ewherido told Saharareporters that the death of the senator was due to “spiritual attacks” that took place few days ago which boils down to 2015 elections.
According to our sources, Senator Ewherido slumped three days ago while answering a phone call and had blood gushing out of his mouth and nose before he was rushed to the National Hospital in Abuja . Since his hospitalization, the Delta State government had reportedly begun preparations to fly him to Germany for treatment before he gave up the ghost this evening.
Another source close to the senator told Saharareporters that Ewherido has already been designated as the Delta state governorship candidate of the yet to be registered All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2015 elections and all plans to that effect were already sealed awaiting the registration and full fledge take off of the party.
However, a medical source at the National Hospital told Saharareporters that the senator died of heart attack after he had a stroke some 48 hours ago.
Senator Ewerhido was recently expelled from the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), accused of attending the meetings of the APC without authorization.
Insisting that the senator was “killed’ by his enemies, our source who was speaking in a solemn tune further disclosed the spiritual attacks have several angles to it, saying that they suspect an unnamed politician serving in governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s government who had a running battle with Ewherido during the PDP primaries for the senatorial district before the senator cross carpeted to the DPP and defeated him in the 2011 elections. He allegedly boasted severally that he is still a senator in waiting.
Our source also disclosed that a onetime governorship aspirant and oil magnate from Sapele who is based in Port Harcourt, was also “spiritually attacked” by the same politician but the he survived through divine intervention.
“My brother the death of Senator Pius Ewherido is not ordinary. Delta state has lost a gem, our only hope for 2015 election. The most painful aspect of it all is that he has already gotten the ticket to fly the APC governorship flag in the state and now look at what has befallen us. Delta state politics has turned into something else. Those behind the death of Chief (Barr) Pius Akpor Ewherido, our distinguished Senator, alias “Gogorogo” shall never go unpunished”, he said before hanging up the phone.
Several political associates of the senator who did not want to be quoted lamented the sudden demise of Ewherido describing him as their best hope for a shot at the governorship of Delta state in 2015. They said he was a fine gentleman and astute politician who has brought succor to his people.
In the past two months social media platforms as well as political groups have been buzzing with the of plans by Ewherido to contest the governorship seat come 2015.
Meanwhile, the Government of Delta State has commiserated with the family of senator Ewherido.
In a statement released and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay and made available to media, expressed its deep condolences to the family at this trying moment and advised Deltans, particularly members of his constituency to remain calm.
“We pray that God grants his family, constituents and all of us, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.” The statement said.
As at the time of writing this report the social media have been flooded with a series of condolence messages and the life and time of Ewherido.
It would be recalled that the Delta state chapter of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) on May Ist, 2013 suspended Senator Pius Ewherido, the acting national deputy chairman, Olisemeka Akamukale, the vice chairman of Delta central senatorial district, Henry Olori as well as a leader in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, Cyril Ogodor from the party.
Briefing the press in his office, Asaba, Chairman of the DPP in the State, Chief Tony Ezeagwu had explained that the decision to suspend the members was reached at the state executive council as a result of what he called gross misconduct and anti-party activities.
“We inaugurated a 12-man committee to midwife our joining the APC, and we officially applied, but the application was not approved. But Ewherido and Akamukale went ahead and been attending APC meetings when we have not been admitted into that fold. Akamukale went to INEC to say that he is the acting national chairman of the party in his bid to force us into the merger.”