Why I Was Rushing Out Of Nigeria After Soludo’s Inauguration- Obiano

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Why I Was Rushing Out Of Nigeria After Soludo’s Inauguration- Obiano

The immediate former governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has explained why he was in a hurry to leave the country hours after the inauguration of his successor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.

The embattled Obiano ex-governor was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) same day he handed over power to his successor.

Speaking In an interview with Premium Times, Obiano’s lawyer, Patrick Ikwueto (SAN), asserted that the former governor was not running away but he was rushing to meet up with an appointment to treat a “semi fatal condition”.

“He was not running away. Why will he run away when his family is here and he has a lot to do here? The fact is that he (Obiano) has a medical condition for which he had a prior appointment to see his Specialist Doctor for treatment at Spring Creek Urology Specialists LLC, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

“By the nature of his ailment, he has been undergoing treatment at the said Specialist Hospital since June 2021 and had an appointment earlier scheduled for the final stage of Specialist Radiography for eight (8) weeks – which will take place immediately upon his arrival at the Facility in Houston, Texas, U.S.A; and thereafter, after four days. Subsequent treatments are scheduled every day for a period of eight (8) weeks,” he said.

“The last time he was there was December 2021 and became due for another round of treatment this March shortly before he handed over to Soludo,” the lawyer said.

The lawyer refused to disclose the nature of the ailment.

“He (Obiano) was lucky that the disease was detected on time. It was still at an early stage when he was diagnosed last year,” said a source familiar with the former governor’s medical condition.

The lawyer said that Obiano sort for permission from relevant authorities to travel which was granted permission but that the embattled ex-governor was surprised that after much assurance from federal authorities, his was blocked and arrested at the airport.

“I can tell you that after the media reported that the EFCC placed him on its watchlist, he reached out to authorities at the federal level to seek permission to travel for his scheduled medical treatment,” the lawyer said.

“He also promised that he would thereafter return to face any probe the EFCC or any other agency had against him. So it was shocking that he was still treated the way he was despite the assurance he was given,” he said.

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