FEC delegation receives clearance to see Yar’Adua, departs to Saudi today in Presidential jet
There are strong indications that the six man ministerial delegation mandated to visit the
ailing President Yar'Adua in King Fahd hospital in Saudi will after all be allowed to meet with
the President who has been receiving medical treatment in the oil rich country since
November last year.
Unlike other previous delegations of the House of Representatives, Governors and
stalwarts of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which were denied access to the
sick President, information from Saudi have it that the ministerial team has however
received the nod of the Saudi Authorities.
Apart from ascertaining the extent of the sickness of the president which intends to help the
Federal Executive Council (FEC) to determine if the president is incapacitated or not, the
visit is also a political trip.
The team is mandated by the Acting President Jonathan Goodluck to convey the gratitude
of the government of Nigeria to the Saudi King for his hospitality on the ailing president. It
will also brief the Yar'Adua about the political development at home since he left 90 days
Reports reaching us from Abuja said that crisis is looming over the outcome of the visit,
whichever it goes, when they return to Nigeria.
African Examiner gathered that the House of Representatives delegation, PDP hierarchy,
as well as the governors who were allegedly denied access to the President at the order of
the Saudi king were said to be furious about their inability to see the president.
Our source said these previous delegatiosn which could not see the president would take
it seriously if the ministers are allowed to meet with the President while they were denied
such access by the First Lady Turai and the Saudi Authorities during their own visit.
On the other hand, If however, the ministers meet with the President and his situation is
terribly bad, they will be pressurized to pass a vote of no confidence on him, this may thus
lead to his impeachment by the congress.