Fear now greets the Enugu State Government House over the health of the state Governor, Sullivan Chime.
It would be recalled that the governor’s public appearance could be dated back to September 9 during the meeting of South-East Governors Forum on September and since then, he was yet to be seen by journalists in the Government House and public gatherings.
Chime’s deputy, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, has been playing the governor’s role but it was learnt that the governor gave a standing order that Onyebuchi should not approve more than N500,000 for any project, no matter the circumstance.
Close insiders disclosed that the Governor jetted out of the shores of the country about two weeks before the October 1 Independence anniversary.
The source said: “He was not in a very good condition before he left the country for London. We noticed it. Although they didn’t want to make it open, maybe because of journalists.”
Speaking further, the insider who pleaded anonymity hinted thus: “For some time now, we noticed that the governor has not been his usual bubbling self. You may not easily know this because he carries himself well and hardly talks, but some of us knew that the man was down.
“From what we heard, he is no longer in London; he was flown to India last week because his health condition wasn’t getting better. As I speak to you right now, he is in a hospital in India.”
All efforts by flood victims at Udi Local Government Area, Chime’s country home were futile as they were told that he wasn’t too strong to do so.
A visibly angry Udi indigene, Mr. Victor Ike, said it’s so unfortunate for the governor to abandoned his community which is being ravaged by floods.
He said: “Heavy rains destroyed our houses and livestock worth millions of naira at Umuifi village in Obioma, Udi Local Government Area, yet the governor could not visit us, obviously due to his health,” Ike stated.
“Our people in government told us that on the day he was supposed to make it, he relapsed and the trip was cancelled.”
Speaker of the Enugu House of Assembly, Mr. Eugene Odo when contacted if the governor dropped any official letter on his whereabouts and condition, refused to comment on the matter.
The Public Relations Officer in the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr. Jonah Ugwuanyi, said, “It is not compulsory that the Speaker must read the letter to the entire House. He could decide to read it out during the plenary or executive session.”
“The governor wrote me and said he was going on leave and that the deputy governor would act until he returns,” he added.