The former Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih underwent an open-heart surgery in an unnamed UK hospital last month, TheCable reports.


A member of the family, who confirmed the development, said it was “only God” that saved the life of the 82-year-old politician.

According to the Online newspaper, the heart condition was accidentally discovered when the former minister of works and housing was preparing to return to Nigeria after a visit to the UK.

He was said to have complained of “irregular heartbeat”, prompting a family member to make an emergency call for an ambulance.

“The ambulance arrived within five minutes and he was taken out on a stretcher, with paramedics giving him oxygen support. It was at the hospital that it was discovered that he had some heart issues which he had not experienced before,” the source said.

Anenih who was said to have returned to Nigeria shortly before last Christmas, it was gathered also immediately booked in for a surgery, which was successful.

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