Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said on Friday that members of the opposition party should also pay a visit to ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London.
According to the PDP National Youth Frontier, PDPNYF, visiting the president should not be the preserve of members of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, alone.
The group therefore suggested that Governors Nyesome Wike of Rivers and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti should also be allowed to pay the president a visit in London.
Recall that a national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and a former national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, as well as the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara all visited the president at the Abuja House in London.
However, the PDPNYF said on its twitter handle, that “Buhari health is not the APC internal affairs, therefore PDP youths are recommending that Fayose and Wike should also visit him in London”.
The PDPNYF is a registered group with the PDP directorate of youth affairs as a party affiliate organization at the national level.
Some opposition lawmakers also on Thursday questioned the non-inclusion of one of them in the National Assembly delegation that recently visited Buhari.
House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, suggested there was a decision to exclude members of the PDP from the visit even though one of them – Ike Ekweremadu – is the Deputy Senate President. Mr. Ogor likened the visit to a similar one paid by APC leaders, Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande.
“You’re aware that the first visit was done by Tinubu and Akande,” Mr. Ogor said. “There was no PDP member that participated in that visit, so you can clearly see that it is more of a political party thing.”
Ogor, from Delta State, said he got wind of the visit early enough and was elated to see the president in good spirit.
“I got hint of the visit much earlier. I saw the president smiling. I saw the Senate President smiling. I saw the Speaker smiling. And when I saw that picture, I also smiled.
“We thank God for his life. We wish him well,” Ogor said.
But he insisted that those who made the journey did so in their own personal capacity because there was no consensus among lawmakers delegating any group of persons for the journey.
“But I am convinced that that visit was purely based on political colouration. So, it is totally inconsequential because we were not invited.
“It is at the discretion of the president to invite whomever he wants to see.
“It is not a National Assembly delegation. It is like a private visit to see the president. First, you know we’re not in session. Neither was there any resolution of the House or of the Senate to go and see the president,” he said.
Recall that Buhari who left Nigeria for a ten-day vacation on January 19, 2017 is still not back to the country 27 days after, even as he insists that he would not return until his doctors give him the green light.