The Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, on Monday refuted rumours of his death.
The senator, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Azuikpe Ogbonna, described the rumour as the handiwork of “a few ungodly and irresponsible individuals”.
Chukwumerije, who lost his bid to return to the senate for a fourth term, said he was alive and in good health.
There were rumors the senator, who currently represents Abia North, had slumped after he learnt he won’t be returning to the senate.
The five-paragraph statement reads: “It has come to our notice that a few ungodly and irresponsible individuals are sponsoring the rumoured demise or incapacitation of our amiable, admirable, adorable and highly responsible senator.
“This is just one of the tactics of a prolonged campaign of calumny against the person and office of distinguished Senator Uche Chukwumerije, orchestrated by these few unscrupulous individuals who have no fear of God and will go to any length to blackmail, deceive, short-change, loot, kill and destroy the people of Abia State just for their selfish political agenda.
“We should have ignored this propaganda, but for the myriad of calls from the good people of Abia North, Abia State, Ndigbo from home and abroad as well as Nigerians from all walks of life, who expressed concern and anxiety about this uncharitable, callous, unconscionable and mindless rumour.
“We wish to put it on record that the distinguished Senator Uche Chukwumerije is neither dead nor incapacitated by stroke.
“He is very much alive and has forgiven those behind this rumour as a good father he has always been to his people.
“He uses this medium to advise them to change from their wicked ways before it is too late, to escape the wrath of God, who gives and takes life in accordance with His divine will”.