Mr Christian Ita, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, who confirmed the death of Eneji said his family members had informed the government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deceased, served under former governor Donald Duke from February 2003 to May 2007 after the impeachment of the then deputy governor, late Chief John Okpa.
The late Eneji was reported to have died in his sleep while recuperating
from a prolonged sickness.
The deceased contested the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries ahead of the 2007 election, but lost to the immediate past governor of Cross River Sen. Liyel Imoke .
His death is coming on the hills of the preparation for the burial of yet another deputy governor, Dr Matthias Ofoboche , who died three weeks ago.
Late Ofoboche was deputy governor to late Chief Clement Isong in 1979.
The CPS to Gov. Ayade expressed regret that Eneji’s death came at the time the state was planning for Ofoboche’s burial.