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Chukwunonye Irouno, the Labour Party candidate for Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State has died.
The deceased who was a popular master of ceremony in Owerri and the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs and Entertainment to a former governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha, passed on late on Monday in his Owerri residence.
Irouno was scheduled to serve as the official MC for LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s rally in Owerri on Tuesday but died after he and other party stalwarts had finished inspecting Kanu Nwankwo sports stadium, Owerri, the venue for Obi’s campaign rally on Tuesday in the State.
According to a friend of the deceased who spoke to Punch, Irouno died shortly after he arrived at his Owerri home.
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He said, “Irouno has died. He just returned to his house and asked his wife to prepare dinner for him. He went inside his bedroom to freshen up. On getting to his bed, he started behaving funny.
“His children couldn’t understand his action. They went to the kitchen to call their mother. Before his wife could rush to the bedroom, he was dead.
“This is unbelievable. This was a man who was supposed to take charge of the proceedings during the Labour Party presidential rally in Owerri. He died few minutes after asking his wife to prepare food for him.”
The LP campaign rally in Owerri on Tuesday was almost disrupted by the news of his passing.
The crowd expressed sad emotions after his death was announced by the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the rally, Kingsley Onunuj, and asked for one minute silence.