Chief Tony Anenih, former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, has debunked rumour of his death, describing it as handiwork of mischief makers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that rumour of the demise of the PDP chieftain had filtered into his state of Edo in the early hours of Wednesday and continued to trend on the social media.
Some online media reported that Anenih had died of cancer-related ailment in a London hospital on Tuesday night.
But the Uromi High Chief told NAN on telephone from London where he has been for a while that he was well and strong.
He said: “If I am dead, will I be talking to you?
“I am in London.
“I am alive and enjoying myself.
“I am not going to issue any press release to debunk the rumour.
“God will punish them and I believe that they will die before me.
“I will be back by Sunday.”
One of the online reports had said Anenih slumped on Sunday while having breakfast at his Durham Broadway, London home after being recently discharged from hospital.
Similarly, the PDP chapter in Edo State also dispelled the rumour of its national leader’s death.
A statement in Benin by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Chris Nehikhare, urged the public to discountenance the social media report.
According to him, Anenih is hale and hearty.
Nehikhare said the renowned politician would return to Nigeria on Sunday.
Foremost Nigerian statesman and first president in the country, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, was reported dead so many times before he eventually died.
On one occasion that he was rumoured dead with some of his associates already positioning themselves as undertakers, Zik read his obituary in the newspaper and cursed them saying they would die before him.
Some of them actually died before the great Zik.
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