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Former Senator Ayogu Eze Passes Away at 66

Former Senator Ayogu Eze Passes Away at 66

Former Nigerian senator Ayogu Eze has passed away at the age of 66. Mr. Eze, who represented the Enugu North District from 2007 to 2015, died on Thursday morning in an undisclosed hospital in Abuja after battling a prolonged illness.

Originally a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Eze later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2018. His former media aide confirmed his death, stating that he had been unwell for an extended period.

Born in Umuida, Enugu State, Mr. Eze began his political career in 1998 as the pioneer Secretary of the PDP in his state. He later served as the Commissioner for Information and Culture under Governor Chimaroke Nnamani and subsequently became a special adviser to the governor.

During his tenure in the Senate, Mr. Eze chaired various committees and played a significant role in Nigeria’s legislative process. In 2015, he vied for the governorship of Enugu State under the PDP but was defeated in the party’s primary elections.

In 2018, he joined the APC and contested for the governorship again in 2019. However, his name was omitted from the final list of candidates by the Independent National Electoral Commission, prompting him to consider legal action, which he later abandoned.

Mr. Eze’s death marks the end of a political era in Enugu State, where he was regarded as a prominent figure and a respected lawmaker. Despite his political affiliations, his legacy transcends party lines, leaving behind a lasting impact on Nigerian politics.

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