“I spoke personally with Kalu on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday… He is in Germany, hale and hearty, meeting with his business associates…”
Okey Sampson, Aba
An aide of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Abia North senatorial district in the 2019 election, has debunked rumour that the former governor of Abia State was critically ill and hospitalised in Germany.
A local online medium had, yesterday, reported that Kalu was rushed to a German hospital when he went into coma and was in critical condition.
According to the report, “Kalu’s condition was critical when he arrived the hospital and deteriorated quickly despite all efforts by doctors.”
But Dr. Madukwe Ukaegbu described the report as fake news.
Ukaegbu, former deputy chief of staff, Abia Government House during the tenure of Kalu and the early part of that of Chief T. A. Orji, said the fake news was the handiwork of political hackers and hoodlums who feed fat on falsehood against Kalu.
“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 said political enemies of Kalu knew that their time in the state was up since there was going to be a level playing field in 2019 election.
“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.”
Ukaegbu advised paddlers of such evil and fake news to look for something to do and stop churning out falsehood in the name of politics.