Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Absentee Enugu Governor’s trip shrouded in secrecy

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Governors forum’s delegation visits Sullivan Chime in London.

The governor was absent from the state for over four months.

Details of Governor Sullivan Chime’s itinerary while he was away from Enugu State is still hazy as government officials in the state are reluctant to speak about it.

The Absentee Governor who went away from the state and out of the shores of Nigeria without clarity of purpose came back to Nigeria via the Abuja International Airport.

The Commissioner of Information in the State, Chuks Ugwoke, announced his arrival, Thursday Morning, in an interview with Channels Television Sunrise Crew.

“He is Nigeria, he landed in Abuja and we are expecting him in Enugu today,” the commissioner said.

He was, however, reluctant to speak about the governor’s long stay away from his executive functions, insisting that the governor was on vacation and could do as he pleased with the vacation.

“He was on a way on vacation. His reason for travelling was vacation,” the commissioner said.

Government officials in the state have kept details of Mr. Chime’s trip abroad a guarded secret. No one is sure where the said vacation was spent and what he spent his vacation doing especially since residents of the state had complained of ill governance while he was absent.

Mr. Chime was away for a total of 140 days.

He left the state unceremoniously and at one point checked into a British facility, Wellington Hospital.

Investigation by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that he was indeed in the hospital but details of his ailment remained unknown as officials of the hospital would not tell.

He was then discharged from the hospital and left for an unknown destination.

There had been speculations by the opposition in Enugu State that the governor had died; and allegations that the leadership of the state had been underperforming.

This led the opposition and pressure groups in the state to call for an outright replacement of the governor especially because his whereabouts was shrouded in secrecy.

To douse the tension in the state and speculations that governor was dead, some Peoples Democratic Party Governors led by the Governor’s Forum Chairman and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, paid a visit to Mr. Chime in London.

They took a picture with Mr. Chime, perhaps to prove to the opposition that he is indeed alive.

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