It would be recalled that governor Chime left the country on September 27, 2012, to spend his accumulated leave abroad. The argument by his spin doctors then was that since he assumed office as governor in 2007, he hadn’t gone on holiday. So, he needed time to rest.
Akpabio visited Chime in a London hospital, in the company of Governors Gabriel Suswam and Chibuike Amaechi of Benue and Rivers states respectively.
Speaking with journalists on arrival from London, United Kingdom, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Akpabio, said: “I was part of the delegation that visited the governor in London and I brought a message of goodwill to His Excellency, the governor of Enugu State and like I said, we must learn to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice. We should not play politics out of people’s health. “For me, I’m very grateful to God that Governor Chime has recovered fully and he would be assuming duties within the next 10 days.
It’s not something that any Nigerian should be sad about; rather, we should be happy and we should pray that he’s returning to the country within 10 days from today and he would be in the Government House in Enugu on his seat as the governor of the state. I can confirm that because I had interactions with him and he’s in good health and he’s recovering. Once the doctors give him the go ahead, he will be in the office. You can quote me.”