Kogi: Controversy over document allegedly revealing health status of PDP candidate

As the date for Kogi State governorship election draws nearer, a documement which emerged allegedly revealing the health status of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Kogi State, Engr Musa Wada, has created controversy among political camps in the state.

The document purportedly exposing the health status of Wada, revealed that he, in 2005, was admitted at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, in Lagos State, for delusional with distorted speech as a result of alleged substance abuse.

It was said he was subsequently admitted for rehabilitation and medication with the patient number 001364.

It will be recalled that preparatory to the 2011 elections in Kogi State, documents had emerged on the mental health condition of Capt. Idris Wada, said to have been admitted to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

The senior Wada’s mental state on admission was one of paranoid delusions and auditory hallucinations according to his medical record. Till date, no medical record from the UCH has confirmed Idris Wada as a discharged patient of the Psychiatric unit.

Also, in an affidavit deposed to by a lawyer, Uchechukwu Clement, a lawyer, stated that contrary to claims by Wada on oath under part B, Article E Question 1 “Idris Wada had at a point been adjudged to be of unsound mind”.

  • That Idris Ichalla Wada is actually an un-discharged psychiatric patient of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan.
  • That Idris Wada was admitted into the psychiatric unit of the UCH Ibadan on 7th April 1976 with Card No. 399346 on referral from Dr. V.O. Anosika of Estate Clinic Group for Schizophrenic illness”
  • That Idris Wada’s mental state on admission was one of paranoid delusions and auditory hallucinations according to his medical record.
  • That contrary to Idris Wada’s deposition, Dr. Oyewumi of University College Hospital, Ibadan actually diagnosed him of acute psychotic episodes and paranoid psychosis on 7/4/1976.
  • That contrary to Idris Wada depositions, Dr. Oyewumi on 24/4/76 at 11:50 a.m actually confirmed that Idris was psychotic.
  • That again contrary to Idris Wada deposition, it was again confirmed at 4 p.m of the same 24/4/76 that Idris Wada was grossly psychotic.
  • That his father Haleel Ejiga while attempting to remove him from UCH against medical advice actually disclosed a history of mental illness in the family as a niece of Idris Wada also had it in 1972.
  • That on 28/4/76, his father, then of upper Area Court, Makurdi, by a letter of discharge against medical advice actually took Idris Wada Hospital No. 399346 away from University College Hospital, Ibadan contrary to the advice of medical staff.
  • That Idris Wada did not undergo full treatment for his psychotic disorder from UCH Ibadan before his father removed him against medical advice.
  • That he was not diagnosed as having been of reasonable mind before his father removed him.
  • That by his father’s letter of 22nd September 1976, Idris Wada was to return for treatment and observation for a period of 6 months from 19th August 1976.
  • That there’s no record that Idris Wada went back for treatment at UCH.

Meanwhile, a Chieftain of of the PDP from Kogi East, Abdulai Umoru, said that his fears are that the running mate to Musa Wada, Sam Aro, maybe aware of Mr Wada’s mental state and in the event that he wins the election may collude with the Speaker of the Kogi state House of Assembly, Prince Mathew Kolawole, to impeach him on health grounds. Thereby depriving Ighala Kingdom with the governorship seat.

Other members of the Wada family with mental related illness includes; Abuh Wada the immediate younger brother to Engr Musa Wada, Tukur Wada, Habiba Wada, Abdullahi Wada.

An APC chieftain Olorunfemi Obalemo said “How can a state of over 4million people be governed by persons with psychiatric disorder?”

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