By BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO, Lokoja
A FORMER Speaker of the Rivers state House of Assembly, Hon Tonye Ezekiel Harry is dead.
Governor Amaechi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary David Iyofor described Harry’s death as deeply shocking and traumatic for him. He recalled with nostalgia and fond memories the life and times of Tonye Harry.
“I am still traumatize by the sad news of the death of Rt. Hon. Tonye Harry. I still find it impossible to come to terms that Tonye is no more.
I was with him, by his hospital bed shortly after he fell ill and everyone was very hopeful that he was going to come out of the health crisis, stronger and better. Sadly, he couldn’t make it but God knows best.”
Until his death Hon Harry represented Degema constituency in the state House of Assembly.
Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon Lii Kwane confirmed the painful development to newsmen in Port Harcourt on phone. Kwane said he was told that Harry died in the early hours of yesterday.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the lawmaker died in a flight heading to France from Algeria after an alleged heart attack.
He reportedly slumped in Port Harcourt within the week during one of his exercise sessions. Governor Chibuike Amaechi was reportedly by his bedside at the hospital.
He was allegedly stabilised at the hospital in Port Harcourt and was heading to France for alleged thorough medicare before he gave the ghost The late Harry spoke Yoruba language flawlessly and was one of the 27 pro governor Amaechi lawmakers in the House of Assembly.
At the time of this report the state government and the House of Assembly had not issued formal statement on the demise