Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige on Thursday, was reported to have allegedly collapsed while defending the budget of his ministry before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Labour.
It was alleged that the minister was immediately rushed out of the venue for medical attention.
However, in a swift reaction, Chris Ngige dismissed the media reports, describing the rumour of his collapse as an attempt by politician to malign his person.
The minister stressed that he was in South Africa en route Nigeria.
He told The Punch that “It’s laughable, and a failed cannon targeted at me by never-do-well politicians for selfish interest.
“I am not in Nigeria, I attended special morning function in Zambia and I’m airborne to South Africa where I will be coming into the country tomorrow, the rumours on the social media and other quarters have to show how petty people can be.
“I don’t see it as anything but I wish to tell those who still play this outdated and obsolete politics of bitterness to embrace change and know that it is no longer business as usual.
“The rumour has shown that I’m a great person. The late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe experienced such dangerous rumour. Those who peddle such rumour in history most often visit there before long.”