Former Nigerian Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, on Saturday collapsed at his residence in Independence Layout, Enugu and is currently under intensive Care at Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery, Trans-Ekulu, Enugu State.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY understands that he is now in coma.
This comes days after he celebrated his 85th birthday.
A Family member said, “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.
“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 wanted to keep the incident secret, hoping that Ekwueme would come out of coma.
But when there was no sign of improvement on Monday afternoon, we decided to inform 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.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State was said to have broke down in tears on seeing Ekwueme at the Intensive Care Unit on Tuesday evening.
He reportedly wept uncontrollably and said, “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.”
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the November18 poll in Anambra State, Oseloka Obaze, had chosen Ekwueme’s first daughter, Chidi Onyemelukwe, as his running mate.