Drama has intensified as emerging reports indicate there is an internal crisis brewing in the ranks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following the shocking absence of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) at a scheduled meet on Saturday with hundreds of his supporters in London.
It was gathered that the forum was hurriedly being organized by a number of Nigerian citizens in the United Kingdom who are keen on seeing the retired general clinch the presidency in the 2015 general polls, to interact with him about his plans for Nigeria.
However, those who thronged the venue, Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster were disappointed as Buhari who is supposed to be in the UK on a working visit was not present. Instead, he was represented by his wife, Hajiya Aishatu Buhari who was accompanied by Dolapo Osibanjo, the spouse of the party’s vice presidential candidate and a few other party stalwarts held for Nigerians in the diaspora on Saturday night at the Westminster Plaza Hotel, in Waterloo.
In contrary to Mr. Fayose claims, Buhari’s wife debunked rumours that Buhari is gravely sick and undergoing medical treatment in London.
“He’s home, well and sound,” Hajia Buhari said, as she fielded media questions after emerging from the oversubscribed interactive session. When asked if her husband was in hospital, she smiled warmly and turning to the reporter, said, “I’m hearing it for the first time.” Gen. Buhari, meanwhile, was said to have attended Friday prayers at a Mosque near Baker Street.
“He attended prayers on Friday, he was seen around the mosque near Baker street,” the source revealed, before Hajia Buhari’s disclosure . When pressed further on if her husband was in London for a medical check-up, Hajia Buhari smiled and said: “No, he’s just come here to rest. He’s just here to have a rest. At least a few days rest before he goes back to business.”
But the event was marred by the number of angry Nigerians in London who had thronged the venue to hear what the duo of Mrs Buhari and Mrs Osibajo had to say. Reacting to claims by some people that Buhari’s photograph with Blair, Saraki and Amosun was fake, Alhaji Garba asked: “Are they saying everyone is a liar, including Awujale who received GMB at home in London and the TV station that aired his studio interview?”
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose argued that the photograph was a trick and a lie, in order to maneuver the curiosity of Nigerians and hide their secrets, they dished mountain of lies to Nigerians by producing fallacious photos.
Thisday Newspaper took it upon themselves and made phone Interview with Buhari to see if he can say the truth;
Question: THISDAY: They said you were hospitalised in a London hospital?
Answer: Buhari: “I am in London with Senator Bukola Saraki, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State for a short working visit.
“I just finished talks with the former Prime Minister of the UK in his country home.
“I would be having another meeting with the Awujale of Ijebuland soon. Apart from this, I am also visiting some friends. As you can hear from my voice, I am hale and hearty with some of my friends around me.”
Note, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is on Peace Mission across the world in the last 4 days.
Tony Blair was not in London this weekend even up till now and could not have met with General Buhari has his team want us to believe.
Blair was in Belgrade, Serbia on a visit to their PM, Aleksandar Vucic. He later visited Rwanda till Saturday. The former British PM left Rwanda to Israel en route to Gaza, Palestine.
One wonders why Buhari who claims to be the oracle of integrity, will lie to the world that he visited Tony Blair’s country Home and APC announced that they visited Tony Blair’s office. sadly,Tony Blair’s office was closed on Saturday. We are demanding more explanation from the self claimed anti-corruption crusader, Buhari.
Furthermore, it was exposed that Buhari was not billed to speak at the Chatam House in London and the General has not made any public appearance since Friday, when he was whisked out of Nigeria by his campaign team. The state of Buhari’s health remains a source of concern to Nigerians as the country has experienced electing a gravely ill man into the office of president in 2007.
The sentimental comments goes on and on…
In the limelight, Buhari is expected to deliver a speech at the Chatham House on Thursday this week. “He’s speaking at Chatham House on Thursday, they will soon put it up on their website,” a member of the UK chapter of the APC disclosed during Saturday’s event.
When will Buhari show up himself to clarify the minds of Nigerians from their hullabaloo?? Some say Thursday but as for you,
What is your take on this?