March 7, 2021

Plateau Deputy Governor during annulled 2006 impeachment dies

Representative image: Late Bogoro's grave where he was killed in Shendam Church in 2003

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.

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

Details of medical investigations have however not been received.

Mr. Akun 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 in 2006 after his Principal, Joshua Dariye was impeached.

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

Mr. Akuns has however served different Federal appointments including Board Chairman, Federal Polytechnic Zaria. He was also member of the 2014 Abuja National Conference.

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

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.