Thursday, 27 November 2014

Buhari’s plane barred from landing at Makurdi airport

A Chartered plane carrying All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential aspirant Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was refused landing at the Makurdi Airport yesterday.


Gen. Buhari was travelling from Bayelsa State as part of his mobilisation of party members ahead of the APC presidential primary slated for next month.

 Sources at the Makurdi Airport said the plane had been cleared and the General was heading for the North Central city when 30 minutes to landing, the aircraft was told it would not be able to land at the airport.

 The prevention of his plane from landing halted the  trips of the aspirant who earlier yesterday met party faithful in Calabar, Cross River State and Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Party supporters in Makurdi led by state Chairman Abba Yaro who trooped to the airport were disappointed. Abba told reporters:  “We will certainly react to this ugly incident because what they have done was not only callous and wicked but also unacceptable in modern day Nigeria.” Aviation authorities in Lagos denied knowledge of the development.

 Spokesman of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Mr. Yakubu Datti, said the aviation authorities have no control of the Makurdi Airport. According to him, the military is in charge of the airport. Earlier in Calabar while addressing APC supporters, Gen. Buhari said: “We have lost so much. What has become of the Nigeria Airways, our shipping lines, railways among others. Infrastructure is going down and also the rising level of insecurity.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has failed badly in their 15 years of being in charge. Everything is going down in spite of all the money. What are they doing with the money. “We must stop PDP from destroying this country. If we don’t get rid of the PDP, PDP will get rid of Nigerians. We are fed up. Whatever your sentiments let us work together and rebuild this country.”

 He urged the people to get their permanent voter cards to enable them vote next year. State chairman of the APC, Pastor Usani Usani, described Buhari as “humble, discipline and intelligent.”

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