The Seventh Assembly in its emergency valedictory plenary today in honour of the fallen member of the 2nd Assembly, Late Hon. Ndifreke Idung, described the deceased as a selfless politician and community builder who gave priority to the interest of others and his community.

The session presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey had both members of the present Assembly and past Assemblies speak over the life and times of the deceased which they unanimously described as legendary.

Setting the tone, the present members representing Essien Udim State Constituency, Hon. Esse Umoh; and Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Idongesit Ntekpere; described the fallen legislator as a consummate politician and gentleman who contributed to the growth of democracy in the state.

They said his selfless and humanitarian lifestyle pointed to the quality christian background he had.

Also, past legislators of various Houses of Assemblies in the state took turn to pay tributes to their fallen colleague.

The Chairman of Congress of past Legislators, Hon. Saturday Akpan in his tribute said Late Hon. Ndifreke Idung was a community builder and active politician who added value to the early democracy of 1999 to 2003 while he served as a Member representing Essien Udim State Constituency.

Taking their turns, former Legislators, Hon. (Barr) Bassey Essien (Speaker of the 2nd Assembly); Rt. Hon. Etido Ibekwe (Majority Leader in 3rd Assembly) and Senator Aloysius Etok, unanimously described Late Hon. Ndifreke Idung as a selfless, consummate politician and a gentleman who contributed effectively to the growth of his community, Afaha Ikot Ebak, Essien Udim LGA. The deceased was said to have contributed to the struggle of the 13% offshore/onshore derivation benefit for the state.

Late Hon. Ndifreke Idung after his service in the State Assembly, shelved most of his political interests for the common good of the party. He made his last political outing in 2007 when he vied for Ikot Ekpene senatorial seat.

In 2008, he was appointed to serve as a Board Member of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital by the Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

High point of the valedictory session was when the Speaker led past and present legislators who were present to file past the casket of the deceased lawmaker as a sign of their last respect.

He is survived by wife, Mrs Mary Ndifreke Idung, five children, other family members, colleagues and friends to mourn his death.


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