The Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade has expressed sadness over the death of Mr Steven Ukpukpen, lawmaker representing Obudu constituency in Cross River State House of Assembly.
DAILY POST reports that Ukpukpen slumped and died during an early morning workout on Wednesday.
However, reacting, Ayade, described Ukpukpen’s death as shocking and devastating.
The governor in statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, said the sudden passing of Ukpukpen has left him in a state of shock and disbelief.
The statement quoted Ayade as saying, “I am completely numbed and bewildered that we have lost such a vibrant intellectual who as a lawmaker was deeply committed to the effort of our administration to build enduring legacies and bequeath strong economy for our people.”
The governor lamented that Ukpukpen died at a young age, especially when the state needed his skills and expertise in the art of lawmaking.”
While praying for the peaceful repose of his soul, Ayade commiserated with the lawmaker’s immediate family, the State House of Assembly, the people Of Obudu and the entire state over the the death.
He prayed that God grants his young family the strength to cope with the unfortunate and depressing occurrence.