- Members of the Cross River state House of Assembly are in pain over the death of one of their colleagues, Elizabeth Ironbar
- Ironbar, according to media reports and a family member, died after a long battle with an unnamed sickness on Wednesday, October 27
- The deceased lawmaker was one of those who did not follow Governor Ben Ayade to the ruling APC in the state
The Cross River State House of Assembly has lost one of its very prominent members, Elizabeth Ironbar, who represented Akpabuyo Constituency.
The sad news was also confirmed by a family source who spoke with journalists without any disclosure of identity
The source said:
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“Yes, she died this morning after a protracted illness. She is indeed a strong woman."
2 PDP Reps from Cross River defect to APC, give 1 key reason
Meanwhile, Idagbo Ochiglegoor, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives, had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ochiglegoor defected to the ruling party alongside another colleague, Michael Etaba.
Both lawmakers were from Cross River state. Ochiglegoor and Etaba represent Obanliku/Obudu/Bekwarra federal constituency and Obubra/Etung federal constituency respectively.
Legit.ng gathered that Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the house, announced their defection on the floor of the green chamber on Tuesday, June 29.
The lawmakers cited an alleged crisis in the PDP in their state as the reason for dumping the party.
However, Toby Okechukwu, the deputy minority leader, protested the defections and said there is no crisis in the PDP as they claimed.
Okechukwu argued that Ochiglegoor and Etaba ought to lose their seat for defecting from the party, citing section 68 of the constitution to back his claim.
The section explains conditions where a member’s seat could be declared vacant. However, Gbajabiamila argued that the PDP lawmaker and his colleagues were not in the position to determine the circumstances of the defection, noting that only the court could do that.