A lawmaker, representing Ideato-North State Constituency, at the Imo State House of Assembly Arthur Egwim, is dead.
According to the report, the two-term lawmaker passed away on Monday, following a brief illness.
He was first elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, in 2015, and was also re-elected in 2019, after decamping to the Action Alliance party.
However, the speaker of the house, Emeka Nduka, who announced his demise, described the late lawmaker, as “one of Imo’s finest and best legislators.”
“With heavy heart, but total submission to the will of God, we, the members of Imo state House of Assembly, wish to announce the death of one of our own, a ranking parliamentarian of note and a strong voice in IMHA, Rt. Hon. Barr. Arthur Egwim, who until his death represented the Ideato-north state constituency.
“His sudden death took place on Monday, 27th March 2023 after a brief illness.
“Imo House of Assembly has indeed lost one of its finest and best brains. His demise will for a long time create a vacuum in the House.
“May his gentle soul rest in peace and may God grant his wife and members of his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We will miss him dearly,” he said.
According to a source, the lawmaker underwent surgery abroad, earlier to his death, but it is not clear if the surgery is connected to his death.
The source said, “He has flown abroad for surgery but couldn’t make it. Imo government also assisted him to travel abroad for his medicals. It is indeed a rude shock,” the source said.
“He was a vibrant lawmaker who was friendly to all. Just when he was about to hand over to the member-elect in June, he left,” he added.
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