Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The former Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, is alive, hale and healthy, his media aide, Sufuyan Ojeifo, has said.
Ojeifo who reacted to the rumour making the rounds that Anenih had passed away, denied it, saying the politician had travelled to London and will soon be back in the country.
He described the report as false and mischievous.
He said: “I spoke with him at 1.37p.m. He is hale and hearty. The report was simply a concoction of mischief. Only God and the harbingers of the rumour know what they meant.
“When I spoke with him, he said he did not know the hospital mentioned in the report neither did he know the doctor mentioned. He said he did not have brain cancer. He rounded off with me by saying “God is on the throne.”
Some political associates of Anenih, have also denied the rumour.
The social media was yesterday awash with reports that the elder statesman died of cancer in a London hospital.
However, two political associates of the elder statesman, Edo State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, and a former youth leader of the party in the state, Vincent Akhere; described the claims as total fabrication and handiwork of mischief makers.
Akhere, who spoke with THISDAY on phone, said he spoke with Anenih on phone thursday morning.
He added that Anenih travelled to London on Tuesday and that he would be back in the country weekend.
Akhere said, “I spoke with him on phone about 15 minutes ago. Chief is well, alive and kicking. We even joke over the matter. It is true that chief had a surgery not too long ago but he is fine now.”
Orbih simply said the rumour was unfortunate, adding that the people behind it should ask God for forgiveness.