Revealed: Why presidency cancelled VP osinbajo’s trip to india
By Abiodun Oluwarotimi
Apart from protocol errors allegedly committed by State House Chief of Protocol (SCOP), Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure, fresh fact has emerged on why the Presidency decided to cancel the scheduled trip of the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to India.
According to information gathered by Nigerian Concord, the vice president was billed to lead a 27-member delegation which included two ministers to India for a conference.
Osinbajo and members of his delegation were to leave Nigeria yesterday (Saturday) and return back to the country on Wednesday.
But Nigerian Concord gathered that the Presidency had to cancel the trip when it became clear that President Mohammad Buhari will also be traveling to Equatorial Guinea today (Sunday) for a state visit that is scheduled to start tomorrow.
A presidency source who spoke with this newspaper on condition of anonymity stated that the trip was canceled when it became clear to the presidency that Senate President Bukola Saraki will automatically become an acting president in absence of the duo of Buhari and Osinbajo.
His words: “Constitutionally, the running of this country falls into the hands of the senate president anytime both the President and his vice are not in the country at the same time. the running of the country will fall auto
“You know Saraki is having lots of problems with both the presidency and the judiciary at the moment, and we do not want to take risks by entrusting the affairs of this country into his hands.
“We know many things that would have happened for those few days if Saraki is acting president and we want to avoid the heat”
It was however gathered that VP Osinbajo had already sent his advance party to India. He was also said to have booked hotels and and as well made arrangements for ground transportation, all at a cost of $250,000, before the cancelation of the trip yesterday
Senator Saraki is currently facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged failure to make a correct declaration of his assets.