On Wednesday, Speaker Patricia Etteh’s adanant decision to stay put in office inspite of pressure for her to resgn, recorded one casualty in Aminu Safana, one of her strong supporters who slumped amid the pandemonium in the House.
He later died at the National Hospital, Abuja. Safana, a medical doctor and Health Committee Chairman, died less than an hour after he and other Etteh loyalists escorted her into the chamber with cheers.
H was fiest elected into the House in 1999, representing Batsari/ Safana/ Danmusa federal constituency of Kastina state on the platform of the people’s Democratic Party(PDP). Safana complained of ill health a few minutes after he accompanied Etteh into the chamber at 10.50 a. m. Then he collapsed His colleagues called the attention of medical staff of the National Assembly, who wheeled him into the clinic and put him on drip.
When his condition did not improve, he was taken to bthe National Hospital where he died. He is believed to have died of high blood pressure, probably caused by his participation in the commotion that reigned in the chamber for the second day running. It was news of his death that ended the rowdineess that had perveded the House for more than two hours.
Legistative business was stalled as confusion broke out as soon as Etteh walked in with her supporters who waved white handkerchiefs. Before they came in, about 50 minutes behind schedule, members of the opposition were signing papers , apparently preparing grounds for her impeachment.
Among the zones whose representatives signed up are the south west, south East, South South, And North central.