Second Republic Vice President, Alex
Ekwueme, has collapsed, and is currently at the Intensive Care Unit,
ICU, of the Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery, by Penok Petrol Station,
in Trans-Ekulu, Enugu State.
The development comes barely 10 days
(October 10) after he celebrated his 85th birthday. Family members said
that the former Vice President went into a coma, and soon after he
“He was trying to get something from the
table, when he suddenly collapsed and immediately someone raised the
alarm, we proceeded to revive him while cautious enough not to attract
neighbours”, a relative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.
He added: “When it became obvious that
he had lapsed into coma, we rushed him to a Hospital (unnamed), in GRA
(Government Reserved Area), but we were referred to Memphys Hospital by
Medical Consultants, who had critically examined his condition.”
The source said that the family chose to
keep the incident secret for a while, with the hope that Ekwueme would
“miraculously” come out of coma.
“When there was no sign of improvement
yet, we rallied round and informed the former Governor of Anambra State,
Mr. Peter Obi, who is like a son, and he has been making plans to fly
him overseas”, the source added.
Medical Personnel at Memphys Hospital,
said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State broke down in tears,
on seeing Ekwueme at the Intensive Care Unit, on Tuesday evening.
Although the Governor’s visit was
enshrouded in secrecy, so as not to attract the prying eyes of the Media
and residents in the State, it was gathered that he could not hide his
emotions, as he wailed uncontrollably.
“My namesake, Ifeanyichukwu, do not
leave us now! Even if you must go, please wait to see your daughter
become the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, before you leave us”,
Ugwuanyi was reported to have wailed at the ICU.