Doctors treating Kogi state governor Idris Wada at an Abuja private hospital after his convoy crash on Friday afternoon have confirmed he is in stable condition and will not be flown abroad for treatment.
Cedar Crest medical director Dr Felix Ogedengbe said after initial surgery on his injured thigh upon arrival at 8PM Friday night, Gov Wada "said he would not be taken abroad for treatment because he has confidence in our capacity to manage him."
"There is no immediate need to fly him abroad," Ogedengbe told a press briefing Saturday. The hospital is under heavy security presence since the governor arrived.
"When the governor was brought in at 8pm, we were told he was involved in a car accident and we checked him and explained the nature of his injuries to him," he said.
"We also told him about our ability to manage his injuries. He had a broken thigh and he was taken to the theatre. The governor has since stabilized and he had a nice night."
Gov Wada's doctors have assessed that his injuries in the Friday afternoon crash are not life threatening but cannot say how long their patient will remain in hospital.
Said Ogedengbe:"The governor is quite happy to take treatment here; the treatment is ongoing. He needs some days in the hospital and I can't give a date of discharge now."
The briefing came amidst wide speculation about his whereabouts following the crash and subsequent announcement that he was to be taken to Abuja for treatment.
Journalists camped in wait at National Hospital, Abuja till late into the night. The hospital is a major trauma centre for public officials in emergency.
Gov Wada's special media adviser, Jaco Edi, said the briefing was meant to dispel speculation.
"The governor is in a stable condition. I was here with him throughout the night and we shook hands this morning. Capt. Wada insisted that he won't be flown abroad for treatment; he said he believes in the competence of Nigerian doctors," Edi said.