Impeachment: Enugu deputy governor explains why he blacked out at a hearing

by S’ola Filani

About a week after he slumped while defending himself before the panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him  by the State Assembly, the embattled Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi Wednesday resumed his defence, and explained why he slumped.

“I had been sick and was taking medication before appearing before the panel on that day. Midway into his evidence, I started feeling dizzy and demanded water,” he said. “The water was brought and I took it. I told the panel members that I wouldn’t continue, that I was not fit enough. I was rushed out of the court. They took me to a doctor, who confirmed that I had low blood pressure and reported this to the panel, but was turned down.

“Surprisingly, the panel in­sisted that I should be brought back the same day at 2 pm. This made my lawyers to come back at 2 pm and presented the doctor’s report and said I would not be fit till this week. My lawyer urged the panel to adjourn till Monday, but the panel insisted that I should be brought back at 9 am the next day, in spite of the report from the medical doctor.

“My lawyers came the next day and insisted that I was not fit enough to come and it was at that juncture that the panel insisted that a doctor from the ESUT Teaching Hospi­tal should see me to confirm whether what the other doctor wrote was okay.

“The female doctor from ESUT Teaching Hospital came and I submitted myself, she examined me and I believe she did a report and till now the panel has not made the report available, but I believe that I am fit enough to stand trial and that is why I came,” the em­battled deputy governor claimed.

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