The former Chairman, Board of Trustee (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, has dispelled the rumours making the rounds that he has died at a London hospital.
The social media was on Wednesday awash with reports that the elder statesman died of cancer in a London hospital.
This is even as Edo State chapter of the PDP and political associates of the elder statesman have denied and condemned the rumours of his death.
Anenih, however, who spoke from London to journalists in Benin, said he was hail and hearty.
“Thank God, I am hale and healthy. I have not visited hospital. I am speaking to you personally. I don’t know where those people got their information from.
“God has extended my life span beyond their expectation and He will still extend my life span beyond what i also expected,” Anenih said.
The state chapter of the PDP, in a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Osa Nehikhare, said: “Edo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, hereby dispels the rumored death of our National Leader, Chief Tony Anenih.
“We wish to inform the general public, especially our teeming supporters in Nigeria and Edo State in particular, that Chief Tony Anenih is alive, hale and hearty and will return to Nigeria on Sunday after a brief visit to the United Kingdom. Please disregard all the media propaganda currently going on.”
Meanwhile, political associates of the elder statesman have also denied the rumour going rounds that he has passed away.
Two of his associates, Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, and a former youth leader of the party in the state, Barrister Vincent Akhere, described the claims as total fabrication and handiwork of mischief makers.
Speaking to journalists on phone, Barrister Akhere, said he spoke with Chief Anenih on phone on Wednesday morning.
He added that Chief Anenih travelled to London on Tuesday and that he would be back in the country weekend.
“I spoke with him on phone about 15 minutes ago. Chief is well, alive and kicking. We even joked over the matter. It is true that Chief had a surgery not too long ago but he is fine now,” he said.
Also speaking, Chief Orbih simply said that the rumour was unfortunate, adding that the people behind it should ask God for forgiveness.