“Arangee” Chatham House speech cost APC N5 billion – PDPCO

By Post Nigeria March 2, 2015 10:41

“Arangee” Chatham House speech cost APC N5 billion – PDPCO

The spokesperson of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, spent N5 billion to hurriedly set up a speaking engagement for its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, at Chatham House, London, last week, to cover up the real reason for his being in the U.K, which was to seek medical attention.

While addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, Mr. Fani-Kayode insisted that the APC literally begged and had to pay to shoehorn their Presidential flag- bearer into Chatham House’s scheduled programme in attempt to save face after Nigerians had raised questions on the credibility of what they called his ‘working visit’.

“The APC leaders begged for the speaking engagement and we are reliably informed that they paid for it,

“The information at our disposal indicates that no less than N5 billion was budgeted for the London jamboree,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

Fani-Kayode also claimed the people in the hall at Chatham House on the day were sponsored after a careful selection to give off the impression of an agreeable audience.

He said out of the 1,500 persons that applied, only 200 people, mostly Nigerian students studying in the Republic of Ireland on a scholarship by the Rivers State Government were let in.

“The students were threatened that their scholarships would be withdrawn if they refused to participate in the rally.

“This was the show of shame that General Buhari has got himself involved in; sadly Chatham House offered its prestigious platform to sell a bad product to the world.”

Fani-Kayode said that the N5bn also took care of logistics such as payment for numerous foreign consultants, air tickets for the huge delegation, the contingent of Governors, hotels bills, the purchase and renting of vehicles.

“We challenge the APC and its leaders to contradict this information,” he said.

The spokesperson also challenged Mr. Buhari to face President Jonathan on a debate in Nigeria, since the APC believe he did well during his outing at Chatham House.

He also chastised the General for his apparent willingness to talk to a foreign audience, while tactlessly shunning the core electoral audience that actually requires his attention.

“The ‘arrangee’ Chatham House event is another ploy, like the purported London interview, to hoodwink Nigerians and prevent General Buhari from debating in Nigeria. But we insist, General Buhari must debate in Nigeria,

“As a party, we are happy over this latest development as it will no longer give Buhari any excuse not to debate when he returns to Nigeria.

“The APC no longer has any hiding place, but to put General Buhari through a similar coaching course like in the UK, to debate in our beloved country on any media of choice with our candidate, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.” he said.