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Mr Joe Anatune, a long time image manager of Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, and leader of his media team during last year’s election, has been confirmed dead after suffering a cardiac arrest.
According to reports, Mr Anatune died on Saturday just a few days after his 62nd birthday, and a little over a week after he bagged a government appointment, after tirelessly working for Soludo’s victory last year.
The Eastern Updates recalls that he was recently appointed on April 19, 2022, as the MD/CEO of Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency by Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo.
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Meanwhile, Prof Soludo has confirmed the death of Anatune, while also expressing shock and disbelief over the news.
Mr Christian Aburime, Chief Press Secretary to Soludo, in a press release, said the Governor received the news of Mr Joe Anatune’s sudden death with deep pains and shock.
He said: ‘Soludo described Joe Anatune as one of the foremost Apostles of the Soludo project with an uncommon strength and courage to deliver on any given assignment.
‘He stated further that Joe’s personal sacrifices during his electioneering campaign were not only exceptional but highly commendable.’
‘He spearheaded the Soludo Promoters Forum (SPF) and for two years used the platform to engage the professionals into mainstream politics. The government and the good people of Anambra State will sorely miss Joe Anatune,’ Aburime said.
He went on to add that Governor Soludo had since commiserated with Anatune’s wife, Mrs Ify Anatune and children, the Anatune family and Awa community over the sudden loss of their illustrious son.
Mr Joe had been a long time ally and friend of the Anambra State Governor. Their relationship dates back to Prof Soludo’s days at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The Eastern Updates