APC wasted N5b on Buhari's Chatham House engagement, says PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) has said that about N5 billion was spent on the last week’s Chatham House speaking engagement of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari.
The amount, the PDPPCO said, was wasted on numerous foreign consultants, air tickets for the huge delegation, the contingent of governors, hotels bills, the purchase and renting of vehicles and other logistics.
Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, aid this yesterday while addressing a press conference in Abuja. He declared that the PDP would win the March 28 presidential election.
Said he, “The information at our disposal indicate that no less than N5 billion was budgeted for the London jamboree.
“This amount was wasted on General Buhari’s Chatham House speaking engagement, numerous foreign consultants, air tickets for the huge delegation, the contingent of governors, hotels bills, the purchase and renting of vehicles and other logistics.
“We challenge the APC and its leaders to contradict this information.
“There are some interesting facts about the Chatham House outing that Nigerians should know. The event was organised only two days before it took place and well after Buhari had arrived in London.
“The questions that were asked were given to him two days before the event and the answers were prepared for him and given to him to rehearse. “The programme lasted for only 55 minutes and only five questions, which were all planted, were asked.
“The people in the Hall were sponsored. 1,500 persons applied to attend the function but only 200 were allowed in. The audience was carefully selected. “The APC mobilised many students from the Republic of Ireland, who were all on scholarship courtesy of the Rivers State Government, to embark on a pro-Buhari rally outside the Chatham House.
“The students were threatened that their scholarships would be withdrawn if they refused to participate in the rally.
“This was the show of shame that General Buhari has got himself involved in”, he said.
Fani Kayode said that Chatham House offered its prestigious platform to sell a bad product to the world.
The Director of Media and Publicity said it was interesting that General Buhari admitted, when asked by the selected audience that he sought medical attention in London and declared, “I am fit. My doctors have declared me fit.”
He added, “Yet his minders and publicists had claimed that he was not going to London for medical attention. That is how illogical General Buhari and the APC can be”.
The ‘arrangee’ Chatham House event, he said, is another ploy, like the purported London interview, to hoodwink Nigerians and prevent General Buhari from debating in Nigeria. Fani-Kayode added. “But we insist, General Buhari must debate in Nigeria. As a party, we are happy over this latest development as it will no longer give Buhari any excuse not to debate when he returns to Nigeria.
“The APC no longer has any hiding place, but to put General Buhari through a similar coaching course like in the UK, to debate in our beloved country on any media of choice with our candidate, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan”, he said.
He maintained that If Buhari were in South America or Pakistan, he would have been either jailed or hung for what he did to the Nigerian people 31 years ago.
“He would have been asked to account for every drop of blood that was spilt and every violation of civil liberties and human rights that took place under his watch.
“We are surprised that General Buhari, after admitting that he is personally responsible for the atrocities of his military dictatorship, failed to use the opportunity of his procured appearance at Chatham House to apologise for his past role as a coup plotter, a promulgator of retroactive decrees and a brutal and unconscionable despot.
“We challenge him to tell Nigerians and the international community anything tangible that he has done in the last 31 years to consolidate democracy in Nigeria.
“Can General Buhari give what he does not have? Can he come to power through the ballot box after taking it through the barrel of a gun?, he asked

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