The good people of Arochukwu, the People’s Democratic Party family, business associates and others who knew her were thrown into mourning in the morning of Thursday, 8 September, 2016 when the sad news filtered in and became stronger by the hour that ‘a pillar of women’s politics’ in Arochukwu, a seamstress, and a leader in her own style, Mrs Margret Nwankwo, the wife of the Ezeogo of Isimkpu (Mazi Charles Ogbonnaya Nwankwo) had died in a Northern state of a protracted illness which had taken her to that part of Nigeria for cure for some months before her death.
The late Mrs Margret Nwankwo, a very outstanding political activist since the SDP and NRC days in the early 1990s, was a PDP stakeholder in Arochukwu Ward 2 in particular and Arochukwu LGA in general. She was aged 70 years.
In reaction to the news of her death, the immediate-past chairman of Aro PDP Ward 2, Mazi Luke Kanu, who spoke to Aro News on telephone interview, said that ‘She was a true party woman. She did all she was required to do as a former woman leader of the party in Arochukwu Ward 2; in fact, she was never found wanting in her assignments and any other duties given to her to execute. The party will surely miss her. It was because of her steadfastness, hard-work and active party woman that she benefitted from the vehicle empowerment programme of the last PDP administration in Abia state.’
In his own reaction, the palace secretary of Isimkpu, Arochukwu, Mr Chidi Michael Akoma, extolled the unassuming quality of the late Mrs Margret Nwankwo and lamented he would particularly miss her wise pieces of advice she used to give the Ezeogo Isimkpu Cabinet members at the palace.
In her own reaction too, and Atani-based seamstress, Jenny, had lamented that Mrs Nwankwo died less than three years after her father had died as the oldest man in Isimkpu village, and asked the bereaved family to bear her loss with fortitude.
By the time of filing in the report, no date had been fixed for her burial by the family.