“Our heart bleeds” – PDP mourns Wike’s top aide killed by suspected heart attack

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commiserated with the government and people of Rivers State on the loss of Simeon Nwakaudu, the Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Electronic Media.

A Rivers State Government statement said the media aide to the governor died Sunday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) after a brief illness.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP expressed shock at the news of his sudden death.

“Our hearts bleed as our nation, the media industry and indeed Rivers state, have lost one of our brightest and patriotic media professionals; a loyal compatriot, who gave his all in serving our dear nation.

“Nwakaudu was a courageous and hardworking Nigerian, who dedicated his youthful life in serving our nation as an accomplished journalist, Special Assistant to Governor Wike during his tenure as Minister of Education and then as his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, where he contributed immensely in the implementation of Governor Wike’s vision for a New Rivers State.

“Indeed, Nwakaudu’s death is a painful loss not only to Governor Wike and the government of Rivers state but also to our great party, the PDP, the media industry and our nation, Nigeria, at large,” the party said.

The PDP said it was particularly pained that the journalist died “at his prime when his skills and patriotism were still most needed”.

The party commiserated with Governor Wike, the late aide’s family, the government of Rivers state, while praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear this painful loss.

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