Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who was recently flown abroad for further medical treatment following a recent health crisis which saw him hospitalised at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku Ozalla, has regained consciousness.
Anambra state governor, Peter Obi who has just returned to Nigeria after visiting Ojukwu in an undisclosed London hospital, said the leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has started speaking, even as he appealed to Nigerians to be optimistic on his recovery.
Obi disclosed this yesterday, after receiving the political and economic chief at the United States (US) Consulate-General office, Lagos, Mr. Phil Drown at the Government House Awka.
Obi said Ojukwu asked him to thank Nigerians for their concern over his ill health.
It will be recalled that before he was flown abroad for treatment, Ojukwu was placed on life support at the UNTH after doctors diagnosed his illness as stroke.
Meanwhile, Obi yesterday, lamented that over 800 polling units in Anambra state were yet to get the Direct Data Capturing (DDC) machines for registration.
He decried the hitches trailing the exercise in the state.
He said he was yet to register as he would want to first ensure that the exercise works well, noting that he had visited many registration units in the state and that the reports he got showed that there were shortages of machines, malfunctioning of some machines, battery problems and sometimes, low picture quality.
Obi said he had made those findings known to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and that the commission had promised to do something about them.
On whether he would call for the extension of time for the exercise, he said it was still premature to say so, arguing that INEC would have to do an honest appraisal of the entire exercise as well as the ones the states would do before suggesting extension of time or not.
He urged indigenes of the state not to be dampened by the initial setbacks.
He said: “Whatever it is, we must encourage our people to come out en masse to register so that they will have a say on who governs them at various level. This is one clear way of restoring integrity to leadership because the people will vote for those they are sure of their competence and character”.