The Kogi State governor, Idris Wada, who was involved in a fatal accident yesterday has had a hip surgery at the Cede Crest Hospital in Garki, Abuja.
Wada was taken to Abuja yesterday after receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, immediately after the accident
The chief medical director of Cedar Crest Hospital, Felix Ogedengbe, who addressed journalists on Wada’s condition this afternoon in Abuja, said the governor was in stable condition.
“The governor agreed not to be treated abroad, following medical advice from the hospital that his situation could be well managed by medical experts in the hospital,” Ogedengbe said.
He stated further that the governor sustained injuries and bone fractures on one his thigh, adding that that had been treated.
Allaying fares that Wada might be in critical condition as had been reported in the media, the medical director said that the governor “did not sustain any immediate life threatening injury.”
Ogedengbe disclosed that Wada was brought to the hospital around 8pm yesterday in “very stable” condition adding that “there was no life threatening injury, his spirit is quite high, he is back on his feet and doing fine.”
The medical director further said, “when we told him that we could handle his condition here to a world class standard, he immediately agreed to have himself treated here.”
The doctor said also that Wada was responding well to treatment, is able to eat but had to be monitored since he was involved in a car crash.
Ogedengbe also said that there was no need to fly the governor abroad for treatment as the hospital was well equipped to handle his case.
“He is stable. He is fine. His injuries have been looked after to a standard that is up to what is available in any part of the world. He quite understands that and he was happy to accept the treatment. And he is quite happy with the outcome of the treatment,” the doctor said.
Also speaking to journalists at the briefing, Wada’s media aide, Jacob Edi, said the governor had declined to be flown abroad but rather opted to be treated here in Nigeria.
“The governor insisted that he believed in the medical situation in Nigeria. He would not love to be flown abroad and like the doctor said it is not a life threatening situation. So, let it be on record that the governor believes in what we have in Nigeria. Unlike some other influential Nigerians, Captain Wada insists that he wants to be treated in Nigeria,” he said.
Edi also disclosed that the governor’s driver, Jubril Isah, who survived the accident, was being treated at the Kogi Specialist Hospital and is responding to treatment.
The governor’s spokesman also dismissed reports that the governor was in critical condition.
Wada’s accident is the third involving state governors in the country in the last few weeks. .
A few months ago, the governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, had an accident while piloting an aircraft and was badly injured and is still receiving treatment in a German hospital. He is believed to be in critical condition.
In fact, although the state government maintain otherwise, Suntai is said to be so badly hurt that he cannot recognize anybody.
Only two weeks ago, governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna state died in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa. The accident also claimed the lives of Owoye Azazi, former National Security Adviser, NSA, and four others.