•S/East govs support president for 2nd term-Okorocha
By Ese Awhotu with agency report
Following widespread speculations regarding his health, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday broke silence saying that he was hale and hearty and would return to his duty post at the end of his 10 days vacation.
This is even as the Federal Government yesterday released photographs of the president with his wife in United Kingdom while on vacation.
The photographs showing Buhari and his wife came after an earlier one released on Friday showing Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and some persons with the President.
The two photographs were released by the Special Assistant to the President’s Wife on Media, Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi.
The photographs showed the president and his wife standing in one, while they were sitting down in the second photograph.
Buhari wore a brown pair of trousers, a sweater and a white skull cap in the pictures.
The President was reported to have dismissed speculations about his death and ill health during different meetings he had with well wishers who paid him visits in London.
An exclusive report by Newspot said that a close friend of the Buhari’s family who is also in London, disclosed that the President has been reluctant in granting interviews on his condition because such would amount to setting up chains of needless reactions, since according to him, a doubting Thomas will always raise petty issues.
The President, he said, had taken speculations on his health conditions with philosophical calmness, regarding all as part of the burdens attached to being President.
The source said critics and peddlers of false reports about President Buhari would have their mouths sealed when after his vacation, the President returns to Nigeria hale and hearty to resume his work as scheduled.
The report recounts that past Nigerian Presidents had, at different times, been reported to have died suddenly for no just reason by rumour mongers who had veiled their nefarious intents using the media.
False speculations about death of past Nigerian leaders started from the days of the late first President of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe who reacted by cursing those behind such speculations, averring that he would outlive all of them. His curse came to pass.
Also, false reports and speculations had been peddled that former President Shehu Shagari, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, General Olusegun Obasanjo, late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and now President Muhammadu Buhari had died.
Meanwhile, Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has disclosed that three South-East Governors are preparing to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and they are going to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term reelection bid.
He said: “We are going to support President Muhammadu Buhari for the eight years he is going to lead the nation.
“This is the time for Ndi-Igbo to come and work together. We are also going to use the Anambra election to show that APC has arrived Southeast.
“The Igbo played bad politics in 2015. Today we have lost a lot. We are not anywhere because of our bad politics.”
Reports said that Okorocha stated this at a meeting of all APC leaders in the zone, which was held at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) at the weekend.
Those present included Ken Nnamani, Emeka Offor, Ifeanyi Araraume, George Moughalu, Tony Eze, Ebuka Onunkwo, Jombo Offor, Eze Madumere, members of the National Working Committee of the APC, as well as other prominent politicians from the zone.
Okorocha revealed that the governors have been speaking with him and are set to decamp.
He said: “Now that Igbo leaders are together in APC, Nigerians will hear us.
“There is a vacuum of leadership in the South-East APC. I am a governor. My brothers Chris Ngige and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu are ministers.”
Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, who recently joined the party was named as leader of the APC in the South-East.
Okorocha added: “Hence the importance of Ken Nnamani coming at this time. I declined leadership of Ndi-Igbo in APC.
“With Ken Nnamani, the question of who is the leader of APC in the Southeast has been answered. Ken Nnamani is the leader of APC in the South-East.
“Senator Nnamani should then work with other leaders like Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Jim Nwobodo and a host of others to give Ndi-Igbo Political direction.
“Those who have joined the party, or want to join, should do so to build the Party and not to cause confusion. APC is the right Party for the Igbo and the only Party that can guarantee Igbo Presidency”.
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