Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, a former House of Representatives member who represented Delta State’s Ika Federal Constituency, has died.
The politician, an All Progressives Congress chieftain, was said to have died on Wednesday evening while watching the AFCON semi-finals between Nigeria and South Africa.
A source close to the politician stated, “Cairo Ojougboh, a medical doctor, died during the Nigeria-South Africa match.
“The incident occurred when the penalty was imposed against Nigeria. Dr. Ojougboh was said to have shouted and slumped after suffering a massive heart attack when SA scored.”
As of the time of filing this report, his family had yet to issue a statement regarding his death.
Mr Augustine Ekamagule, Publicity Secretary of Agbor Community Union, confirmed the death of the famous Delta politician in a phone conversation with PUNCH Online.
He stated, “According to the President General of the Agbor Community Union, Chief Laurence Onyeche, Ojougboh died in Abuja while watching Nigeria’s football match against South Africa.
“He said a member of the Ojougboh family called him around 3 a.m. on Thursday to inform him that Cairo Ojougboh had died.
“According to a family member, Ojougboh was watching the game, and when South Africa scored, he shouted and slumped.
“All attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Around 3 a.m., the family announced his death.
Onyeche stated that with the death of Ojougboh, Agbor has lost a voice in Nigerian politics, describing him as the top politician in Agbor until his death.
“On behalf of the PG and members of the Agbor Community Union, to which the Ojougboh belongs, we sympathise with the family.
“Our PG has asked me to issue a statement and he described Ojougboh as a fearless politician who did not only establish himself at the local level but at the national level,” he went on to say.
Friends and political associates have taken to social media to mourn the late politician.