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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Enugu Deputy Gov slumps during campaign tour

DEPUTY Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi reportedly slumped
during a campaign tour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to Nsukka town yesterday and was rushed back to Enugu after he was revived. 

Onyebuchi, according to an official of the party at Nsukka, slumped while
addressing officials of Ogige Main Market Traders Association, OMMATA right
inside their secretariat.
The incident, however, prevented him from participating in the Podium Discussion
organized by the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church,
Nsukka, where he was billed to represent the governor.

Governor Sullivan Chime and his entourage later rushed to Nsukka to participate
in the event but before his arrival most of the participants had left the venue
as the governorship candidates of four political parties including Dr. Dan Shere
of People for Progressive Change, PDC and Chief Okey Ozea of Labour Party,
participated fully in the dialogue.
Vanguard learnt that the deputy governor was on his feet addressing the traders
when midway into his speech, he slumped but his aides immediately rushed in and
took him away in his convoy.
He was said to have been given first aid treatment before he was driven back to
his residence in Enugu where Government House doctors were said to have attended
to him.
But in a swift reaction to the development yesterday, the State Commissioner for
Information, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, said it was not a serious issue, stressing that
as human it was natural for anybody to be exhausted after the long campaigns
that took the governor and his deputy to all local government areas and markets
in the state.
“Having covered all the 17 Local Governments, markets and still continuing with
the campaigns, it is simply human and natural to be exhausted.  It is
insensitive for anybody to allege anything serious or sinister.  As I speak to
you, His Excellency, the Deputy Governor is in his residence hale and hearty,”
Ugwoke said in a text message sent to reporters yesterday.
The commissioner said he was with the Deputy Governor at his residence yesterday
evening and he (Onyebuchi) was in good health.
However, by press time yesterday, Governor Chime was still at St. Theresa
Catholic Church where he addressed leaders of the Catholic Diocese in Nsukka and
solicited their support in the April election.

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