Dr. Madukwe Ukaegbu, an aide to former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu has debunked reports that the ex-governor was in a coma in a German hospital.
According to a report by a local online newspaper, Kalu was critically ill in a German hospital that he had been rushed to after slipping into a coma.
“Kalu’s condition was critical when he arrived the hospital and deteriorated quickly despite all efforts by doctors,” the report read.
However, Ukaegbu said nothing could be further from the truth, stating that Kalu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Abia North senatorial district in the 2019 election, was in Germany to meet some business associates.
He attributed the report to the political enemies of the ex-governor.
Ukaegbu, former deputy chief of staff, Abia Government House under Kalu, said, “Nobody should take that report with any atom of seriousness because it is the handiwork of political hackers and hoodlums who have nothing doing and see fake report on Kalu as their source of income and livelihood.”
He added, “Political enemies are at it again because they know that their time is up; they know there is going to be a level playing field in 2019 election and they are aware that Kalu is going to win the Abia North senatorial district seat and they think that the best way to stop him is to continuously dish out fake news, thinking that is the only way to stop him.
“The other time, the rumour was that his name was not in the APC register and when that could not work out, they came with another rumour that he was screened out by his party to contest the election and that even his name was not on INEC list of those to contest the election.
“When all these failed, then they came with the fake news that he was among Nigerians banned
by the Federal Government from travelling out of the country. As that also hit the rocks, when they learnt he travelled to Germany on his normal overseas business trip, they now said he was rushed out of the country critically ill. I wouldn’t know if they said half dead.
“To put the matter straight, I spoke personally with Kalu on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday morning after he might have finished speaking with his lawyers over his case that is coming up next week. He is in Germany, hale and hearty, meeting with his business associates from around the globe.”