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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Northern Leaders meet over Buhari's health issue

INDICATIONS have emerged that
prominent Northern leaders and
elders who had initially declared
support for the candidacy of General
Muhammadu Buhari in the February
elections have started reconsidering
their position, following alarms that
the general might be suffering a
serious health challenge.
Online channels had last week
indicated that Buhari collapsed
during the presidential campaign
rally of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in Calabar, Cross River State.
Though the party had denied the
report, it was learnt that the
development had immediately
prompted meetings among top
hierarchy of the Northern political
establishment to review the Buhari
situation.
Sources in the polity had told
Sunday Tribune that the North is
becoming wary of a possible repeat
of the situation it found itself
following the death of President
Umaru Yar'Adua in office in May
2010, some three years into his
tenure, following a debilitating
sickness.
The illness had surfaced during the
2007 presidential campaign, leading
to rumours of Yar'Adua's death, but
he bounced back on the campaign
train and won the election.
"The North is beginning to rethink
the promised support for Buhari in
view of reports that he is suffering
from a certain ailment which is
believed to be wearing him down.
There are also reports that the
elders are pushing to cut a deal with
Jonathan to complete his tenure in
2019 but extract a promise that
power would be returned to the
North via a younger and energetic
Northerner," a source said.
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