C’River Assembly Member dies after showing suspected COVID-19 symptoms
Tears rain in Cross River State as another House of Assembly Member, Hon. Godwin Akwaji, kicked the bucket.
PARADISE NEWS learnt that Akwaji, a member representing Obudu State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly died on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH.
Unconfirmed reports have it that the lawmaker died from illness suspected to be Coronavirus (COVID-19).
A source who pleaded anonymity said Akwaji died after showing suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
Confirming the news, his aide, Mr. Elijah Ugani, took to Facebook to write thus: “You left with unfulfilled ambitions. You meant well for Obudu, only God knows. I can’t question you. Eternal Rest grant him”.
Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has declared Cross River State COVID-19-free, making it the only state in the entire federal without recording a single case.
So far, Nigeria has recorded 17,735 confirmed cases, 11,299 active cases, 5,967 discharged and 469 deaths, yet, Cross River State has no single confirmed case.
However, Akwaji’s unfortunate death is the second Obudu State Constituency has recorded in the last two years.
Akwaji’s immediate predecessor, Hon. Stephen Ukpukpen, also died while on seat. A byelection was conducted which ushered his wife in to complete the 2015 tenure before the 2019 election – that was won by the Akwaji.