Plateau: Caretaker Deputy Governor during Dariye’s annulled impeachment dies

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Former Deputy Governor of the annulled Late Chief Michael Botmang administration in Plateau State, Jethro Akun is dead.

Akun died on Thursday morning after a brief illness, his brother, Da Sunday Jonathan Akuns confirms.

The two brothers had just resolved a decade-old family rift when the late politician dies.

He was said to be battling diabetes and hepatitis for years. His last hospital admission on Tuesday however followed “high fever”, said his aide, Makwal Manzwet.

Details of medical investigations have however not been received.

Mr. Akuns was a pioneer People’s Democratic Party member and State Chairman before his appointment to deputise then Deputy Governor, Michael Botmang who took over as Governor after his Principal, Joshua Dariye was impeached in 2006.

The two spent six months in Government before a Supreme Court judgement annulled the impeachment, declaring their administration illegal.

Mr. Akuns has however served in various Federal Boards including Board Chairman, Federal Polytechnic Zaria. He was also member of the Abuja National Conference.

Akun who was once House of Assembly Member was a respected elder statesman and politician with records of human impact.

During his time as Board Chairman of Federal Polytechnic Zaria, Akuns enrolled many Plateau citizens in school and facilitated the employment of many in different fields.

He however hails from a humble Royal family in Mandung village of Daffo District in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.

His village, one of the most fertile lands in Central Nigeria has suffered series of Herdsmen Attacks with the worst being three years ago.

Akuns whose wife died four years ago is survived by dozens of siblings, children and grandchildren.

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