ENUGU State governor, Mr Sullivan Chime, returned to Nigeria on Thursday, after about five months outside the country.
The governor was said to have arrived through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, through a British Airways flight from London Heathrow Airport.
Sources said the governor immediately headed for the Enugu Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, but had not started receiving visitors.
A top politician told the Nigerian Tribune that he was at the lodge but was told that the governor was sleeping.
Sources in Abuja, however, confirmed that the governor had, in the evening of Thursday, relocated to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, ostensibly to evade the myriads of visitors already trooping to the lodge to welcome him.
Also on Thursday, the Save Enugu Group, the group that called attention to Chime’s prolonged absence, said it received with joy the “informal news” of the governor’s return to Nigeria in the wee hours of Thursday.
The group, led by Maxi Okwu, said “we note that this event is taking place exactly one month after we first sounded the alarm of prolonged and unexplained absence. We acclaim this as falling within desired responsive action of leaders in a democracy. We wish our Governor Sullivan Chime well and full recovery.”
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed gratitudes to the people of Enugu State and, indeed, all Nigerians for their prayers for the quick recovery and return of Governor Chime.
In a statement in Abuja by Chief Metu Olisa, the party commended all the functionaries of the Enugu State government and the state PDP officers for their loyalty and commitment to the ideals of the party.
It expressed confident that the governor would consolidate on the achievements of his administration now that he was back to work.
In the same vein, the Enugu State chapter of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) expressed delight and solidarity with the people of the state at the safe return of Governor Chime.
Rising from its monthly general meeting, the group, in a statement signed by its chairman, Afam Nnaji and secretary, Pastor FrankGold Ekwueme, also expressed gratitude to the acting governor, Mr Sunday Onyebuchi and the executive council as well as the legislature and local government chairmen for their support and contributions in keeping Enugu working.