In a devastating blow to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Stella Effah-Attoe, the National Women Leader of the party and a prominent member of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), has passed away after a brief illness.
The news of her demise sent shockwaves through the political and academic circles, as well as the people of Cross River State, where she was a beloved figure.
The heartbreaking announcement was made by the PDP’s spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, who described Prof. Effah-Attoe as one of the party’s “best and brightest.” He stated that her untimely death was not only a loss to her family but also a profound setback for the PDP, the academic community, and the nation as a whole.
In a statement released by the PDP, it was emphasized that Prof. Effah-Attoe was a multi-talented individual who made significant contributions to various spheres of life. She was not only a dedicated teacher, but also a seasoned politician, accomplished author, and fearless advocate for women’s rights. Throughout her career, she unwaveringly championed the causes of justice, equity, and fairness.
The late women leader held several key positions in Cross River State, including serving as Commissioner for Education and later as Commissioner for Information and Culture. She also served as a member of the Cross River State House of Assembly and was a prominent figure on the governing boards of various state and federal agencies and programs.
Furthermore, Prof. Effah-Attoe’s career in academia earned her recognition as one of Nigeria’s most decorated scholars, a testament to her extraordinary intellectual capacity for leadership and national service.
The PDP highlighted her invaluable contributions to the party’s efforts to rebrand and strengthen itself in preparation for the 2023 general elections. Her dedication and unwavering commitment to the party’s mission to “rescue, rebuild, and redirect” the nation from misrule will be remembered with deep respect.
While her passing leaves a substantial void within the PDP, the party drew comfort from her devout Christian faith, her triumphs in her chosen path, and her enduring legacy of service to the nation and humanity.
The PDP extended heartfelt condolences to her grieving family, the people of Ikun in the Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, the academic community, the Cross River State Chapter of the PDP, and all the people of Cross River State who have lost a true champion of their cause.