Apparently shocked by series of defections from key members of his political party to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a two weeks leave to enable him recuperate while in London.
Reports suggest President Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had contemplated dumping his 2019 ambition when several lawmakers left the party including a North Central governor last week.
Elanza News reports that the shock of loosing the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and other two states governors, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara in the North Central States and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto, in North Western States, including several state legislators might have forced Nigeria’s Buhari to seek for the London trip, sources say.
The ruling party also lost its spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi to the PDP, signaling vulnerability in the APC.
“President Muhammadu Buhari begins a 10-working-days holiday from August 3, 2018, his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said on Wednesday, apparently denying that his boss will be in London on a medical ground.
“In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, a letter has been transmitted to the President of the Senate, and the Speaker, House of Representatives to that effect.” Adesina said.
The presidency said while Buhari is on vacation, the Vice President will be in acting capacity as President.
Buhari had spent over 90 days in a London hospital between 2016 and 2017 and has also spent most of his times in that particular hospital even when he is on an official assignments overseas.
The money spent on his hospital bills is yet to be disclosed.