Gombe - The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State, Jack Gumpy, died in Gombe on Tuesday at 72 after a protracted illness.
Speaker of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Inuwa Garba, paid a condolence visit to the state Deputy Governor, Tha’anda Rubainu in Gombe on Tuesday.
Garba described Gumpy’s death as a loss not only to the state but the entire North-East.
He said the House was deeply sad over the death of the deceased, adding that the gap he left would be hard to fill.
Garba described the late chairman as dedicated, transparent and a leader to be emulated by the party faithful.
Responding, Rubainu said the visit by the speaker and other members of the House demonstrated that the lawmakers were true representatives of the people.
The speaker also went to the residence of the late chairman where he prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Receiving the speaker on behalf of the family, the Acting Chairman of the party, Nasiru Ali, described the deceased as a father, whose leadership qualities of perseverance, unity and honesty should be emulated.
The deceased is survived by three wives, 16 children and other relatives. No date has been announced for the funeral of the late chairman.
It would be recalled that nine members of Gumpy’s family were killed in his house in Gombe during the 2011 post-election violence.