The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari, is to depart London shortly for Nigeria on British Airways Flight #083.
He is expected to arrive in Abuja early on Friday at 5:45 a.m., according to a flight itinerary sighted by SaharaReporters.
The APC doesn’t plan any major airport ceremony to herald Buhari’s return because his arrival will be too early, but a close source said he will be returning to the campaign train right away. He had visited 35 States before his trip to the United Kingdom.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had made Buhari’s absence a major campaign issue, claiming that he was hospitalized for an undisclosed disease, but Buhari defied the rumors and made a working trip to Chatham House to deliver a heartwarming speech last week.
At the event Buhari laughed of any notion of illness, thereby forcing the PDP to seek a new strategy.
Sources told SaharaReporters that President Goodluck Jonathan has given up on a plan to preventing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from using card readers in the elections. That had emerged after another plan, to boost the PDP’s chances by sacking INEC chair Attahiru Jega failed when the United States and the European Union told President Jonathan that he will be sent to the International Criminal Court should his plan to manipulate the elections cause bloodletting in Nigeria.