The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as an insult to Nigerians the published picture of President Muhammadu Buhari dining with chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in London.
A delegation of the APC led by its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, had sent out a photo it said was taken when it visited ailing President Buhari in London.
Among APC governors in the photo were those of states of Imo, Nassarawa, Kaduna, and Kogi, Rochas Okorocha, Tanko Almakura, Nasir El-Rufai, Alhaji Yahaya Bello respectively.
But in its reaction, PDP spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said, “It is an insult to Nigerians because they don’t think that we are important; once they meet with the president that is all, and they will come and show us a picture.
“They don’t even think that it is necessary for the president to send message to Nigerians or for themselves to come and tell us what happened during that meeting. They merely planted pictures in the front pages of all the newspapers, and they think that is alright.
“That is not the way to behave in a civilised country. At least, ordinarily we should have been having daily bulletins on the president’s health, the man is being treated there in London with tax payers’ money, and we elected him to do a job.”
He said that while the PDP “wish him (Buhari) well, and we want him to live”, the party thinks that “it is pure contempt for Nigerians for a group of people, party leaders to just go and meet the president and come and show us pictures without saying anything either from them or from the president to Nigerians. It is pure contempt; it is an insult to our collective intelligence.”
The picture has equally been branded fake by a former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. According to him, the picture was nothing but an arrangement to sustain the cabal in power.