The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has called on Nigerians, especially northern leaders. to save the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), from former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu and his cabal in the APC.
To buttress his consistent claim that Buhari was ill, he wondered why Buhari hadn’t returned to Nigeria since his Chatham House speaking engagement if that was why he went to London as claimed by his party.
“Since last week Thursday when Buhari appeared for less than two hours at the Chatham House, where his doctors certified him fit, returning to Nigeria for the ‘final onslaught on the PDP,’ he has simply disappeared from public glare,” a statement by Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said.
“Isn’t it strange that someone who is contesting election in 28 days time could afford to stay outside the country for about two weeks?” Fayose said in the statement, according to Channels Television
“Buhari confessed that he actually saw his doctors; why did the APC cabal lie that he never visited any hospital, even going to the ridiculous and criminal level of using pictures taken in Abuja to authenticate claim that Buhari had a television interview in London?
“Like I have maintained, the same cabal that were involved in the Yar’Adua saga are also involved the packaging of Buhari and Nigerians must save the man from these people who are only interested in using him to assume power,” Fayose said.
The governor said he was worried that Tinubu and his cabal were pushing Buhari too much because of their selfish interests and pleaded that “Nigerians should appeal to Tinubu and his cabal to allow Buhari attend properly to his health.”
While maintaining that Buhari was not the candidate of the North, Fayose asked: “Shouldn’t it interest Nigerians, especially the northerners that only Malam Nasir El-Rufai was a northerner among those who attended the last Thursday’s Chatham House event?”
The statement further read: “During the APC primaries delegates from the North voted for former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. Only delegates controlled by Tinubu, Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Bukola Saraki voted for Buhari.
“In appreciation of Tinubu’s role, Buhari gave him (Tinubu) the sole right to choose his running mate, with Tinubu still being rumoured to be interested in the vice-president position that he gave his surrogate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
“Also, the APC confirmed yesterday that Buhari’s campaign is being funded by Tinubu and Amaechi.
“All these point to the fact that Tinubu and his cabal have a sinister agenda against the North, which they want to use Buhari to achieve.”
He further urged leaders in the North to intervene and free Buhari from the APC cabal now because, “Buhari needs to take proper and adequate care of himself medically.”