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6 days in Jeddah, Ogbulafor, others can’t see Yar’Adua

National Chairman of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor

By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—THERE were indications, yesterday, that the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor and other members of the National Working Committee were yet to see ailing President Umaru Yar’adua, six days after they left the country for Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Prince Ogbulafor, had to leave behind his two other colleagues of the National Working Committee, NWC, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for eye treatment in India. Vanguard learnt that he had to leave for India when it became very imperative for him to go there for examination of his eye problem.

It was gathered that since the NWC members arrived Jeddah, Friday morning, they only spoke with the First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua and the doctor without having access to the President who has acute pericarditis, or inflammation of the lining around the heart.

The NWC members, Ogbulafor, the Deputy National Chairman, Bello Haliru Mohammed and the Deputy National Secretary, Dr. Musa Babayo, were billed to return to the country on Sunday, but at the time of this report, they were still in Jeddah, apparently waiting to see if they can meet the President.

Ogbulafor left the country, Thursday night, with the Deputy National Chairman of the party, and the Deputy National Secretary, to brief the ailing President who left the country for medical attention since November 23, 2009 on how former Vice President Goodluck Jonathan was made the acting President of the country.

The final decision to travel, as gathered, was taken after the NWC meeting and also with the leadership of the National Assembly.  Vanguard was told that the trip became imperative against the backdrop that Yar’Adua, as the leader of the party, cannot be left alone at these very critical and trying moments.

Speaking with Vanguard on phone yesterday, the Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Bello Haliru Mohammed who noted that President Yar’Adua was recuperating and would soon be discharged following the discussions they had with the doctor, said: “We saw the wife, the doctor and we are very happy with what we heard. We are very sure that President Yar’Adua will return home as soon as the doctor has finished attending to him, he is very fine and we are happy.”

It would also be recalled that when the PDP National Chairman, Prince Ogbulafor, spoke with Vanguard last Saturday, he said the team was billed to hold talks with the First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua same day. Vanguard also gathered that they lodged at the Ground Hotel, Jeddah near King Abdullah Abdul Aziz’s Palace.

It was also reported that governors Isa Yuguda of Bauchi, Gabriel Suswam of Benue and Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, as well as six members of the House of Representatives travelled there without seeing President Umaru Yar’Adua

Ogbulafor leaves for India

It was learnt that having spent five days at Ground Hotel, Jeddah near King Abdullah Abdul Aziz’s Palace, Ogbulafor had no choice than to leave for India where he was expected to spend the


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