Yet another tragedy has struck the Nigerian political landscape as a member of a state of house assembly has been reported dead.
The member represents Warri South Constituency 1 at the Delta State House of Assembly.
The late member, Mrs Omawumi Udoh, died of a protracted illness in a British hospital.
Sources told our correspondent that the lawmaker died on Wednesday morning.
She was 56 years old.
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According to our sources, the fourth-term lawmaker died of a cancer-related ailment.
She was of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Udoh was reinstated by the Court of Appeal in Benin after she lost the 2015 state assembly election to Mr Godwin Abigor of the Accord Party.
Some of her colleagues in the assembly confirmed the development when contacted on Wednesday by our correspondent.
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Monday Igbuya, also confirmed her death in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Henry Ebireri.
While describing Omawumi’s death as a rude shock to the assembly, Igbuya described her as a dogged fighter who had the interest of her constituents.
He added that the assembly would greatly miss her.