By Laureta Akpan
The Cross River State chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ntufam John Okon, has urged politicians in the state to desist from playing politics with the health and life of political opponents warning that no one is in control of the circumstances that may befall any of us.
John Okon was reacting to rumors making rounds in Calabar and environs that the Cross River Northern Senatorial candidate of the party, Dr. Rose Oko is dead.
Rose Oko, a present Member of the House of Representatives for Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency has been having dire health challenges. CrossRiverWatch gathered that just after the PDP primaries, she took ill again and needed to go
to the USA for another kidney surgery.
But rumors in the past days have been growing thicker about her possible death. CrossRiverWatch got several calls from concerned Cross Riverians and other Nigerians alike enquiring whether it was true that the lawmaker has passed on.
But John Okon in a telephone chat said: “I just spoke with Hon. Rose in London and she is not dead. She has had a successful treatment and she is now in London where she is recuperating and I want to tell you that she will win her election. She sincerely wishes she can be here to join all of us in the campaign but she has been advised by doctors to take more rest.
“Those who want to play politics with people’s illness and life should know that none of us is in control of the things that happen to us. Ill health is normal for all human beings, so when people now decide to turn others ill health into politics and carrying terrible rumors about death of someone who is alive, such people should also know that they are not immune from ill health too and tomorrow may just be their turn.”
As the party campaign train continues to go round the state, it is the posters of Hon. Rose Oko that have been presented to supporters in all venues without explanations of her whereabouts leaving the public to wonder where she has gone.
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