President Muhammadu Buhari will Tuesday, undertake a four-day trip to the United Kingdom. Buhari off to London for medicals.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said, the trip will be for four days and that he is expected back on Saturday, May 12th.
The Presidential Media Aide, explained that “In the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor.
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“The Doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.
“On his return, the President’s two-day State Visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Ward Congresses, will now take place on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May.”
He had spent over 100 days in London for medical reasons and only returned to the country on August 17th, 2017.
President Buhari had left the country on Sunday, September 17th to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, had returned to the country in September 25th after a stop over in London.
It was a process that began well, but the end was anything but edifying. Last Saturday, Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti, venue of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Ekiti State, became a scene of terror and chaos. The process was eventually terminated, and the exercise suspended indefinitely.
Right on national television and in the presence of security agents, political thugs and hoodlums swooped on the venue, smashing ballot boxes and unleashing violence. The aspirants were ferried to a room in the premises while security men dispersed the thousands of people outside the stadium.
But the process had started without incident early in the morning. Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, who led the team conducting the primary, had promised a transparent process.
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The accreditation of the delegates was ongoing and the process was nearing completion when the sky suddenly became cloudy. A heavy rain, accompanied by strong winds, then started. The exercise was disrupted, as delegates, journalists and others in the stadium sought shelter from the rain.
When the rain subsided, sufficient time had been lost. Many people that had sought shelter outside stadium during the rain returned, and the exercise commenced after Al-Makura reiterated the rules. The accreditation process was concluded, and the voting proper commenced.
Voting was going on without incident. Delegates from five local governments had voted when a man, later identified as a youth leader, rushed to the ballot boxes and started smashing them. he was joined by another hoodlum. By the time they were overpowered by the security agents, the damage had been done.
All the aspirants condemned the disruption of the exercise. some of them also said the process was already programmed to favour former Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Twenty-six of the 33 aspirants later met and demanded a fresh exercise, alleging that Saturday’s process was compromised. The aspirants include Segun Oni; Babafemi Ojudu; Bimbo Daramola, Kayode Ojo, Femi Bamisile, Kola Alabi, Dr (Mrs) Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, Oluwole Oluleye and Muyiwa Olunilua, among others. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Opeyemi Bamidele and Gbenga Aluko were absent at the meeting.
Yaya-Kolade, who spoke on behalf of the aspirants, listed why a new exercise was necessary.
“The quality of the ballot papers was not intact. Nobody could see the faces of the aspirants, the security was porous. They suggested that accreditation of delegates and voting should hold in an enclosed hall.
“Everything should be free, fair and transparent. There should be impartiality by the security personnel. No delegate should be allowed to leave their seat once accreditation began,” she said.
Many of the aspirants also levelled several allegations against Fayemi, alleging that he had compromised the delegates.
In his reaction, Fayemi described the allegation that the process was manipulated to favour him as very petty. He said for a long time, many of the aspirants had mounted coordinated attacks against his person. “These APC aspirants became the marketers of that funny tissue paper, a product of Kangaroo panel that Ayo fayose set up even when they are not oblivious of the position of the law. They were pushing it everywhere up to the screening panel until they were told that it is a non-issue,” he said.
Fayemi said his traducers among the aspirants, who had said he was no longer popular among the people, were shocked on the day he declared his intention. “They could not believe what they saw because this was the same Fayemi they said is not wanted by the people. They saw the effusive outpouring of love demonstrated by ordinary people just seeing me and my wife walking on the streets.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Edo South senatorial district have protested the assault on Senator Matthew Urhoghide, at the Benin Airport, by alleged All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs.
The protesters, yesterday, marched through the major streets in Benin, brandishing placards with various inscriptions.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, said their lawyers, E.E. Agbonwanegbe and Associates, in a paper entitled: “Complaint of assault, attempted murder, harassment and intimidation by APC thugs masquerading as youths,” have petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, to fish out those who molested Urhoghide at the airport.
Nehikhare said PDP is not afraid of intimidation and cannot be cowed by anybody, not to perform its roles as an opposition party.
He said those who want peace should act accordingly, and the PDP will not tolerate a situation where its members are harassed and intimidated for carrying out their legitimate duties.
“Let those who want peace in the state act in accordance with peace. We will not tolerate a situation where our members are harassed, intimidated, brutalised and attacked, for doing a duty for which they were elected,” he said.
In a swift reaction, Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said Senator Urhoghide was a victim of his own orchestration.
“A lion handler or snake charmer who loses control of his beasts becomes a victim of his violent circus. As we said before, Urhoghide has to explain to Edo people why, after several trips to and from Benin, without riotous reception, he decided to order PDP youths out of their homes to invade the airport on that occasion.
“Engaging thugs, who Governor Obaseki has since retired, is not a ‘senatorial way’ of assisting our youths who need skills to set up businesses,” he said.
Meanwhile, Osagie has accused the PDP of raising false alarm and preparing excuses for its imminent annihilation. He said the party’s popularity continues to dwindle daily across the state.
“Worried by Edo people’s rejection of their shenanigans and their imminent annihilation, the PDP has started preparing excuses for its defeat in future elections in the state.
“The PDP’s electoral misfortune is being consolidated upon each day and no amount of false alarm and epistles of lamentation can reverse their current poor rating.
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