A former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe has died in Abuja on Wednesday evening.The cause of his death remains unknown, but the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Walid Jibril, confirmed his death to the Punch. He died at his Ministers’ Estate residence, Abuja. Jibril said he got the news from Saudi Arabia, where he is observing the Lesser Hajj.
Before his death Maduekwe was the secretary of the PDP BoT. He alongside Jibril and other members of the Board of the PDP took over the running of the party following the crisis that engulfed the PDP after its national convention in Port Harcourt on May 21.
Jibril said the party has lost a loyal member.
“He was a worthy man; a very dedicated member of the party, who operated with an open mind. He was a very resourceful man, a dependable ally who tried his best for the country, his party, his family and everyone around him.
“It is a great loss to the nation, the PDP and his family. He was a national secretary of our party, a former ambassador. In fact, I have lost a friend and a loyal party man.
“He was one of the best secretaries of the party and a great manager of men. It will be very difficult to have someone like him. “
Born on May 6, 1945 in Abia State, Maduekwe was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister in July 2007 by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua
He left office in March 2010 when the then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.