The House of Representatives candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ogoja/Yala federal constituency, Jude Ogbeche Ngaji, has directed that all activities by his campaign organisation and supporters be put on hold for one week in honour of the late Chief John Ogar Odey (58yrs), a former Minister for Information and Communications, and Environment who will be laid to rest this week.
The APC Candidate’s directive was contained in a statement signed by his Campaign Director General, Hon Gabe Ugor, on Monday.
To this end, all campaigns, sensitization and electioneering towards the planned reception in honour of the candidate and official declaration have thus been suspended. New dates would be announced for the activities.
He also urged his teeming supporters to wear black bands and participate actively in all the funeral activities as outlined by the family of the deceased.
Ngaji, who earlier in his tribute described Odey’s death as saddening and devastating, said the late politician deserved every honour of the campaign organisation and indeed all his supporters should accord him in view of his selfless service and commitment to humanity.
The statement released from the Campaign Organisation and signed by the Director General and Chairman, Central Planning Committee reads;
“With effect from today being 5th of November, 2018, Jude Ogbeche Ngaji Campaign Organization have set aside one week for the mourning of our illustrious son, Late Chief John Ogar Odey, former Minister for Information and Communications, and Environment. This statement is issued by Jude Ngaji who is running for Ogoja/Yala Federal House of Representative through his Director-General/Chairman, Central Planning Committee, Chief (Hon) Gabe I. Ugor in Calabar at the Campaign Headquarters.
“By this statement, all political activities of the Campaign Organisation are hereby suspended until after the burial.
“The DG said this with a sad laden voice as the body of the Yala and Northern Cross River State political icon, prepares to join the host of Angels in heaven. May his soul rest in perfect peace….Amen.”
Chief John Odey was a thorough bred professional, highly resourceful politician and advocate of good governance. He was a man you can trust to discharge an assignment effectively once he was convinced it would lead to the general good.
He died last month after a brief illness and would be buried this week at his family compound in Ochubi-Olachor, Okpoma, Yala local government area of Cross River State.