A member of the Cross Rivers State House of Assembly slumped and died while on an early morning workout on Wednesday.
Steven Ukpukpen, who represents Obudu Constituency in the Cross River House of Assembly, was said to have collapsed around 7.00am along Moore Road in Calabar, while he out jogging.
All first aid efforts to revive him failed and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital he was transferred to
Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade described as shocking and devastating the sad news of the lawmaker’s death.
In statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita, the governor said the sudden passing of Ukpukpen had left him in a state of shock and disbelief.
He said he was completely numbed and bewildered that the state had lost such a vibrant intellectual who, as a lawmaker was deeply committed to the effort of his administration to build enduring legacies and bequeath strong economy for the people.
Ayade expressed regret that Ukpukpen died at such a young age, especially when the state most needed his skills and expertise.
He commiserated with the lawmaker’s immediate family, the State House of Assembly, the people Of Obudu and the entire state over the loss.