Speaker mourns as Anambra Assembly majority leader, Nnamdi Okafor slumps, dies in SA

The Majority Leader of Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Nnamdi Okafor, has died in South Africa.

The lawmaker who was representing Awka South Constituency 1 under the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), collapsed in the early hours of Tuesday, August 23, in a hotel at Sandton City, Johannesburg, and was confirmed dead hours later.

Okafor, popular called Akajiugo Awka who was a medical doctor and pharmacist by training was said to have gone for a legislative retreat in Johannesburg with other lawmakers. 

Reacting to the sad news, the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Uche Okafor said the news came as a rude shock.

In a press statement released in Awka, by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Madu, the Speaker said  
described the death of his colleague as a great loss to the Legislative Institution in the State, Awka Community and the State at large, adding that the late Hon. Okafor was a knowledgeable and an active legislator whose contributions both in the legislature and in his constituency distinguished him among his contemporaries.

The Speaker maintained that the State House of Assembly has lost a great, erudite and eloquent lawmaker in the person of Hon. Nnamdi Okafor, noting that the deceased lawmaker’s short but eventful life and times are worthy of emulation.

“The State Lawmakers and the entire legislature, commiserated with his wife and the family and prayed to God to grant the soul of Hon. Okafor eternal repose,” the Speaker added.