The alarming rate of health issues of state governors has become a source of worry to many civil analysts and Nigerians.
Apart from the attendant political crisis which the situation triggers, governance and development in such states are usually affected, most times coming to a halt.
With anxiety trailing the health status of Governors Danbaba Suntai of Taraba and Sullivan Chime of Enugu, there are reports that Cross Rivers State’s Governor, Liyel Imoke, who has been in the United States, is receiving regular dialysis for a renal disease.
A source who spoke to DailyPost described Imoke’s condition as “a bad state”. He further said, “It has indeed gotten worse but as you are aware, those positions of authority in Nigeria never reveals the ailment they are suffering from until it leaks to the media.”
At the moment, the news in certain quarters is that the governor underwent surgery for a kidney transplant. Expectedly, the information has sparked mild tension in the state government circles as well as the ruling People’s Democratic Party. Imoke, a former minister during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, had travelled out of the country several weeks ago,
stating that he needed time to rest, a common excuse high-office
holders give before embarking on medical trips.
However, after about a month of his absence, those in the know had
then disclosed that the one-time presidential committee chairman on power, indeed jetted out ostensibly to attend to his deteriorating condition
– a problem he refused to reveal.
But on his possible return to the country to resume his constitutional
duties, the source said, “If his present state is anything to
evaluate, I’m afraid he may not come back any time soon.”