Former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is dead.
Although details of his death were still sketchy, Inokoba reportedly died on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 night after slumping at a meeting in Lagos residence of APC governorship aspirant and former Managing Director of Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe.
But, Alaibe and his associates were sad to be making frantic efforts to divert attention from the death.
Already, they have denied that Inokoba died in his residence in Lagos.
The news of his sudden death came as a rude shock to his close associates in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Wednesday morning as it was being discussed in hushed tones among members of the APC.
A local radio station, Royal FM, has since been reporting Inokoba’s death as breaking news.
A reliable source said Inokoba slumped and died on the spot in the Lagos home of APC governorship aspirant, Timi Alaibe over heated argument on the governorship ambition of both politicians.
The argument arose, said the source, when the late Inokoba was told to drop his governorship ambition to allow Alaibe emerge as the only aspirant from Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area since both men are from the same local government.
Inokoba was said to have picked his governorship form two days ago to contest the forthcoming election on the platform of the APC.
A source confirmed that immediately he got his form, he went to Lagos on the invitation of Alaibe for “crucial talks” on the need for him (Inokoba) to shelve his ambition and allow Alaibe become the sole aspirant from their local government.
Sources also stated that Alaibe had offered N200 million to Inokoba but which was said to have sparked a heated argument between the two men and in the process, Inokoba slumped and died on the spot before he could be rushed to the hospital.
About a week ago, Inokoba was reported to have slumped at an APC stakeholders meeting in Nembe.
The report was however, denied by Inokoba and his political associates.
In the report, Inokoba was said to be receiving regular financial support from the Bayelsa State Government to facilitate his frequent medical treatment abroad.
The report also claimed that the late Inokoba got N10 million from the state government two days before he defected to the APC for his regular trip abroad but he never did.