DR Abiye Sekibo, a former Minister of Transport and an ex-governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, on Tuesday denied the report of his death, saying he was shocked after an online publication, 247UReport reported that he died earlier on Tuesday on his way out of the country for medical attention thereby causing panic among friends and associates.
Mr. Jerry Needam, his former media director who spoke on his behalf dismissed the report of his death, saying he was alive, hale and hearty. A statement issued in Port Harcourt by Needam read, “The former Minister of Transport and governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, in the 2011 general elections in Rivers State, Dr. Abiye Precious Sekibo, is alive and strong. “Sekibo, a medical doctor, is also shocked to learn of the unfounded, baseless and malicious stunt from the rumour mill about his sudden demise. Such evil imagination could only come from those already doomed and are disappointedly looking for co-travellers.”
He called on the general public to disregard “such report from the social media and those peddling falsehood” and expressed gratitude to his relations and friends, who called to ascertain the true position.
Meanwhile, 247UReports.com late on Tuesday retracted its story that Sekibo had died. A short message placed on its website on Tuesday read, “247UReports.com apologizes to its readers for the false publication stating that Abiye Sekibo is dead. He is not dead. Apologies to Dr. Abiye Sekibo and his family.”