Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has expressed sadness over the death of the chairman of the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state, Dr Matthew Achigbe.
Achigbe, a onetime permanent secretary in the state, died Saturday alongside others, including his wife, on Afikpo Road, Ebonyi State on his way to his home town of Obubra in Cross River State.
Ayade on Sunday said he received with shock the news about the death of Achigbe, describing the late politician as “an elder statesman, a devout catholic and a community leader who lived a life of selflessness and dedication to the service of the state, his community and the church.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this moment of unspeakable grief. The Cross River State Government shall work closely with his family to ensure he gets a befitting farewell,” the statement quoted the governor.
A statement by the party publicity secretary, Bassey Ita, said that the remains of Achigbe have been deposited at the Anatomy unit of the University of Calabar, and that details of plans to show last respect to the deceased will be further communicated by the party and the family.