A lawmaker representing Ideato North Constituency at the Imo state House of Assembly, Arthur Egwim is dead.
It was gathered that Egwim died on Monday days after a brief illness.
A statement signed by Speaker of the house, Mr Emeka Nduka (APC Ehime Mbano), confirmed the incident.
Nduka described the lawmaker as a ranking parliamentarian of note and a strong voice at the assembly.
The speaker further noted that his death will create a vacuum in the house as he was one of the house’s “finest and best brains” and prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul.
“With heavy heart, but with 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 Innocent Arthur Egwim, who untill his death he represented Ideato State Constituency, whose sudden death took place on Monday, the 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’ll miss him dearly.The burial arrangements will be announced by the family in due course,” the statement of the Speaker on Tuesday read
Egwim was first elected into the state House of Assembly in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress and was reelected in 2019 with the Action Alliance party.
He served as a chief whip of the house.
He contested the House of Representatives seat in the just-concluded National Assembly elections under the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance but failed.