The controversy surrounding the alleged ‘cloning’ of President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to abate, as the matter rared its head at the National Executive Committee meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday.
The drama started just as Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar was called upon to address party leaders gathered for the 81st NEC meeting of the opposition party.
Just as he cleared his voice to speak, an unidentified voice from the audience said, “Jubril must go,” to which Atiku beaming with smile responded: “Which Jubril? The one in Sudan or the one in Abuja?” The capacity-filled NEC hall reeled in laughter for close to a minute.
The social media has in recent months been treated to a rumour of the existence of a Jubril, supposedly of a Sudanese origin, in the corridors of power.
However, the Presidency is yet to wade into the matter.
Prominent members who graced the meeting included governors Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) and Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) states; Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Gators and ex-Kogi state governor, Ibrahim Idris among others.
Also, the PDP yesterday inaugurated it’s Presidential Campaign Council in Abuja with secondus as chairman while Atiku was named co-chairman.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan is the Director, Media and Publicity of the campaign Council.