There are strong indications that the Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura, has been flown to an undisclosed hospital abroad for allegedly suffering from kidney ailment.
It was learnt that the governor collapsed at the Government House during official hours and was driven out of the state enroute to Abuja without the normal long convoy last week Tuesday.
Impeccable sources, who did not want their names in print, told our correspondent that the governor was diagnosed with a kidney-related ailment.
On Monday, rumours of Al-Makura’s death pervaded the state capital.
Our correspondent who went round Lafia, the state capital, observed that residents were discussing the rumoured death in groups, while some were making phone calls to senior government workers to confirm the rumour.
When contacted on the development, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yakubu Lamai, handed our correspondent a statement that dismissed the rumour.
The statement partly read, “Our attention has been drawn to rumours being peddled mostly online and by the word of mouth that the health of His Excellency, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, is at risk or in question.
“We wish to use this medium to assure the citizens of Nasarawa State and confirm with clarity that Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is alive, hale and hearty and in excellent health.
“We recognised that this is election campaign period and publicity strategists are likely to use every available tool to gain attention including peddling unfounded rumours about His Excellency’s health.
“But Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who is not a stranger to political campaigns, appeals to all and sundry to concentrate on making the ongoing campaigns and the forthcoming elections issue-based.’’