As Massive Defections Hit Ruling APC, Buhari Announces 10-Day London Vacation

As Massive Defections Hit Ruling APC, Buhari Announces 10-Day London Vacation

By News Agency of Nigeria on August 1, 2018
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President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Abuja for London on a 10 -day medical leave to treat an ear infection as his senior aides, Garba Shehu and Abike Dabire (left) look on with worried expression. Sources say it is Ménière's Disease.

President Muhammadu Buhari is to begin a 10 working days holiday from August 3, 2018, Femi Adesina, the president senior special assistant on media, disclosed on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

He said “In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, a letter has been transmitted to the President of the Senate, and the Speaker, House of Representatives to that effect.

“While the President is on vacation, the Vice President will be in acting capacity as President.”

Adesina said the president would be in London for the holiday.

NAN reports that on on Jan. 19, 2017 Buhari Nigeria for the UK on a short leave, which is part of his annual vacation. He is expected to resume work on Feb. 6, 2017.

NAN reports the first time President Buhari took a break‎ from his official duties was Feb. 5 to Feb. 10, 2016.

The second time was in June 2016 when Buhari went on a trip to the UK for medical treatment.

In line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President of the Senate, and Speaker, House of Representatives, were duly communicate, while away, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of the Office of the President.

The ruling All Progressives Party, APC, has been hit with a gale of defections by leaders in the party. Senator President Bukola Saraki is the highest profile defector so far. Returning to his former party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, mirroring his move, Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, and Bolaji Abdullahi, the spokesperson of APC also defected in the space of two days.

Prior to Saraki’s exit from the APC, 15 senators also decamped from the ruling party making the PDP the new majority in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Forty seven APC federal lawmakers, also defected from on the floor of the House of Representatives on the same Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

The governors of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal and of Benue, Samuel Ortom, also dumped the APC and moved back to the main opposition party, the PDP.

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