By Ben Agande, with agency report
ABUJA—Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, BoT, Walid Jubril, has said the party leaders were ready to visit and sympathise with President Muhammadu Buhari in London.
This came as Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party threatened to take disciplinary action against its staff who failed to resume work.
Buhari has received top dignitaries at the Abuja House, London, where he has been staying since he commenced his vacation on January 19.
Among them are Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and Ahmad Lawan, Majority Leader of the Senate.
Others are Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress,APC; Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun State; and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
But in an interview with NAN yesterday, Jubril said PDP leaders were ready to visit Buhari if given the opportunity.
He denied the reports that the party promoted the rumoured death of the president, saying the PDP had been praying “fervently” for Buhari’s safe return to Nigeria.
“Let him be well and come back and continue with his leadership of Nigeria,” he said.
“If we are to be given the opportunity, the PDP leaders will even go to London to wish him well and sympathise with his family.”
He also spoke on the lingering crisis in the party, saying efforts were being made to resolve the problems and “forge ahead”.
“By the grace of God, we are coming clean and the PDP will never die, it will remain as a very strong party.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff faction of the party has threatened to take disciplinary action against its staff that failed to resume work.
The threat came against the backdrop of the insistence by staff of the party that they could not resume work for fear of their safety.
But is a statement, yesterday, the Acting Publicity Secretary of the party, Bernard Mikko, warned the staff of the party not to join in the fray of their bosses.