Political associates of former Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday debunked the rumour that he had passed away.
The report that Anenih died of cancer in London yesterday emerged on social media.
But political associates of the elder statesman, 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 said report as the fabrication and handiwork of mischief makers.
Barr. Akhere, who said he had spoken with Chief Anenih on phone yesterday morning, added that the former PDP BoT chairman had travelled to London on Tuesday and would be back in the country at the weekend.
Akhere said, “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.”
Chief Orbih simply said that the rumour was unfortunate, adding that the people behind it should ask God for forgiveness.
Anenih’s media aide, Sufuyan Ojiefo, also denied the report when contacted, saying it was mischievous.
He said, “I spoke with him at 1.37 pm. He is hale and hearty. The report was simply a concoction of mischief. Only God and the harbinger of the rumour know the intendment of it.
“When I spoke with him, he said he did not know the hospital mentioned in the report; neither did he know the doctor mentioned. He said he did not have brain cancer. He rounded off with me by saying, ‘God is on the throne.’”