A report by The Punch indicates that a member of the Anambra state House of Assembly, Mr. Francis Mmegbuaneze, is dead.
According to the report, the lawmaker died barely 12 hours after participating in the APGA governorship primary election ahead of the upcoming governorship election in the state.
Gov. Willie Obiano
The incumbent governor of the state, Willie Obiano, emerged as the party’s governorshipgovernorship candidate for the November 18 poll.
Willie Obiano and his fellow party members are in mourning over their loss.
The report stated that Late Mmegbuaneze participated in the primary election even while still being attended to at the hospital.
A party member quoted in the report said “because of his patriotism and love for our party, he sneaked out of his hospital bed to attend our primary.
“His doctor had advised him to have some rest and even to switch 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.”
A special adviser to the Anambra state governor on legislative matters, Chief Chiedozie Ezeugwa, described the lawmaker’s death as a huge loss to the people of the state and to the Anambra state government.
“We were together yesterday (Tuesday); we shared joke and laughed together before it got to his turn to perform his civic duty and he went and voted.
“No one knew at all that something very disastrous was coming his way. So we lost him,” he said.
Meanwhile, public commentator, Ifeanyi Nwoye, has decried the low level of women participation in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.
They are about 26 aspirants from across the major political parties vying for their party’s tickets, just a paltry three are women- Senator Stella Oduah and Lynda Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party; and Ada Kate Uchegbu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).