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PDP bombs APC, avers Buhari too ‘unwell’ to govern, run for re-election next year

Leading Nigeria’s  opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari is unfit to run the country after he again, left for London on medical grounds.

The 75-year-old former military ruler had last year spent five months in London seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness that he said required multiple blood transfusions.

He flew out again on Tuesday, citing a request from his doctor, and pledged to be back in Nigeria on Saturday.

In a terse statement, the PDP averred that it was an admission that he was “unwell, ailing and unfit to attend to state matters”.

The disclosure had “put to rest speculation on the health status of the president, as well as his attendant inability to effectively govern”.

The party also hit out at what it said were the “deception, lies and beguiling” of the president’s office about the head of state’s health.

It would be recalled that during the build up to 2015 election, the PDP which was then in power under President Goodluck Jonathan, claimed that Buhari had terminal prostate cancer.

However, Buhari rejected the assertion and claimed a leaked medical report showing he was being treated for the condition was faked.

But with so many absences and uncertainty about his condition, his health is likely to become a major issue as he seeks re-election in February next year.

In particular, there will be questions about whether he will be able to manage months of rigorous campaigning.