Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretary and ex-Transport Minister in President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, is dead. He was 71.
He collapsed on Wednesday evening at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja shortly after arriving from the United States of America where he was said to have gone to attend a relative’s graduation ceremony.
Maduekwe was a prominent chieftain of PDP and a member of its Board of Trustees.
Maduekwe from Abia State had played a leading role recently in moves by PDP Board of Trustees to stabilise the party and resolve the crisis thrown up by the removal of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP National Chairman.
Maduekwe was first Minister of Culture and Tourism and later Transport Minister under President Obasanjo. In 2007, he was made Foreign Affairs Minister by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He was also Nigerian Ambassador to Canada.