By Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”THE inability of a team led by the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, to see ailing President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, in Saudi Arabia, last week has thrown the Yarâ€™Adua camp into further confusion.
Vanguard gathered that the camp which was hoping on a positive outcome of the visit by the Ogbulafor team to re-launch their campaign towards supporting the claims that the ailing president was recovering speedily and fit to rule was, however shattered when certain elements in Saudi did not allow the group to see Yarâ€™Adua.
â€œThere is so much despondency in the Yarâ€™Adua camp following the failure of the PDP chairman to see the ailing president. Some of Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s loyalists are getting frustrated by the day because they no longer have any credible information to support the claims that Yarâ€™Adua is recovering,â€ the source who spoke to Vanguard, on condition of anonymity said.
The source stated further that â€œthe Yarâ€™Adua camp had hoped for rather good news to come out of the visit but unfortunately they could not see him.â€
Our source said the camp is looking for other possible ways of convincing Nigerians into believing that Yarâ€™Adua would soon return to the country from where he is receiving treatment in a Saudi Arabian hospital.
The foreign trip by the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa, a key element in the pro-Yarâ€™Adua camp, has further weakened the campaign.
â€œThe pro-Yarâ€™Adua camp is thinning down by the dayâ€, the source added noting that â€œAondoakaaâ€™s trip to Brazil is an opportunity for the camp to re-articulate and re-evaluate there strategies. They are working out other moves to see how they can continue to hang on to the claims that Yarâ€™Adua is recoveringâ€.
A senior minister in the present government confirmed to Vanguard, Wednesday that Aondoakaa had actually wanted to resign from the government but was advised against it by some key Yarâ€™Adua men in the government.
â€œAondoakaa actually wanted to leave the government to continue to fight the Yarâ€™Adua course outside but he was advised against it because it would be suicidal for him. It will be easy for the government he is fighting to destroy him from outside,â€ the minister, who spoke in confidence to our correspondent said.