Former deputy governor of Cross River, Dr Walter Eneji is dead, Christian Ita, the chief press secretary to the state Governor, Ben Ayade, announced on Monday.
Eneji reportedly died in his sleep while recuperating from a prolonged sickness.
The late Eneji served under former governor, Donald Duke from February 2003 to May 2007.
He contested the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries ahead of the 2007 election, but was defeated by the immediate past governor, Senator Liyel Imoke.
Eneji’s death comes when the state is preparing for the burial of another deputy governor, Dr. Matthias Ofoboche.