One of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ex-chairman of the party in Rivers state Chief Godspower U Ake is dead. The former PDP chairman was said to have died of an undisclosed sickness in LagosUniversity Teaching Hospital (LUTH)

Daily Post gathered from a reliable source that Chief GU‎ Ake who is an indigene of Omoku in Ogba-Ogbema-Ndoni local government area had a running battle with a long-term terminal disease until his demise.

The political leader ‎in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni local government area by the name Prince Peter Odike confirmed the news. Odike told Daily Post via telephone that Chief Ake will be greatly missed especially at a time Rivers state needs him most.

Chief Ake was the special adviser on Lands and Survey to former Governor Peter Odili. He later became the South-south zonal Chairman of the PDP after ‎the assassination of Chief Kaka Dikibo in 2004. G.U Ake rose to become one of the most influential politicians in Rivers state after Marshal Harry who was also assassinated by snipers in Abuja. He later became the chairman of the PDP in Rivers state before he was removed by a High Court in Abuja and replaced by Chief Felix Obuah. The political imbroglio of the PDP continues as the leadership tussle between the Ali Modu Sheriff and the Ahmed Makarfi factions of the party has resulted in the emergence of two state chairmen following parallel congresses held in Imo state.