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16 Aug 2017

Tragedy as Influential Nigerian Lawmaker Dies

A member of Anambra State House of Assembly has died few hours after attending the primary election of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state.

Barely 12 hours after attending the primary election of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Tuesday that produced the incumbent governor of the state, Willie Obiano, as the party’s candidate for the November 18 poll, a member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Francis Mmegbuaneze, dies.

According to a report by Punch newspaper, the lawmaker attended the primary from his hospital bed.

While speaking to a correspondent, a source who pleaded anonymity said; “Because of his patriotism and love for our party he sneaked out from his hospital bed to attend our primary.

"His doctor had advised him to have some rest and even to put off his phone, but he placed  patriotism above his health. He was hospitalised for a few days, and was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.”

Also speaking to a correspondent on  the telephone, the press secretary to the House of Assembly, Emma Mmadu, said that the house  had not  been officially informed about the death. “The family of the deceased lawmaker is  yet to report his death to the House,” Madu said.

A Special Adviser to  the Anambra State governor on legislative matters, Chief Chiedozie Ezeugwa, described the death as a huge shock to the people of the state, and to the government.

He said, “We were together yesterday(Tuesday); we shared a joke and laughed together before it got to his turn to perform his civic duty and he went and voted."

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