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Lack of access to Yar’Adua in Saudi hospital worries loyalists

By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA—THE inability of a team led by the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, to see ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua, in Saudi Arabia, last week has thrown the Yar’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 Yar’Adua.

“There is so much despondency in the Yar’Adua camp following the failure of the PDP chairman to see the ailing president. Some of Yar’Adua’s loyalists are getting frustrated by the day because they no longer have any credible information to support the claims that Yar’Adua is recovering,” the source who spoke to Vanguard, on condition of anonymity said.

The source stated further that “the Yar’Adua camp had hoped for rather good news to come out of the visit but unfortunately they could not see him.”

Our source said the camp is looking for other possible ways of convincing Nigerians into believing that Yar’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-Yar’Adua camp, has further weakened the campaign.

“The pro-Yar’Adua camp is thinning down by the day”, the source added noting that “Aondoakaa’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 Yar’Adua is recovering”.

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 Yar’Adua men in the government.

“Aondoakaa actually wanted to leave the government to continue to fight the Yar’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,” the minister, who spoke in confidence to our correspondent said.


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