The Director of Media and Publicity for the Bayelsa State All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Peremobowei Tukuwei, has lost his life in a boat mishap.
The incident happened during the party’s campaign visit to Okoroma in Nembe Local Government Area en route to Ogbia in Ogbia LGA on Wednesday.
It was gathered that Tukuwei was the only one who did not survive the tragic incident among the occupants of the ill-fated boat. He was from the Ekeremor LGA of the state.
The deceased’s lifeless body was said to have been found in the late hours of Thursday after a long collaborative search by marine search parties and relevant authorities.
Tukuwei was working with Africa Independent Television before his appointment as the media and publicity director of the state APC campaign council for the governorship election slated for November 11, 2023.
Following the sad occurrence, the state APC chairman, Dennis Otiotio, announced the suspension of campaigning by the council on Thursday.
The statement said, “The Bayelsa State APC Governorship Campaign Council wishes to announce the suspension of our campaigns billed to hold tomorrow 26 October 2023 at Nembe-Ogbolomabiri and Nembe-Bassambiri.
“This is due to an unfortunate boat mishap during our campaigns today. At the moment, a ranking member of staff of our Campaign Council is yet to be accounted for. We have informed relevant authorities and search parties are on top of the situation.
“We will take a day’s break to evaluate the situation before we resume our campaigns on Friday at Ogbolomabiri and Bassambiri before heading to Brass on Saturday and Sunday to conclude the Bayelsa East Campaigns.”
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Campaign Council has commiserated with the state APC following the tragic boat incident that resulted in the death of its media and publicity director, Peremobowei Tukuwei.
In a statement signed by the chairman of the publicity directorate, Ayibaina Duba, on Friday, the PDP campaign council also condoled the management and staff of the AIT over the loss of Tukuwei.
It equally extended its condolences to the Tukuwei family of the Ndoro community in the Ekeremor LGA, noting that the state had lost a young man with great potential.
Expressing shock over the tragic loss of the APC campaign media director, the PDP family described Tukuwei as brilliant and resourceful.
“We see how passionately he discharged his media assignments on AIT and during the APC campaigns. It is therefore painful to lose such a brilliant and intellectually sound young man. It is indeed sad that Peremobowei Tukuwei departed at a time when he was just beginning to flourish.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the Tukuwei family, the African Independent Television, and indeed the All Progressives Congress over this unfortunate incident. We pray that the Lord grants his family, his media and political colleagues, and associates the fortitude to bear this loss.”