Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:37 pm
The party that was known to have sent protesters and hecklers to the event at the St. James Square in London now dismissed the event as insignificant and that the APC candidate was shadow-chasing.
The PDP said the event was “a script well written, a script well-acted, all a truthful lie; the messenger belies the message.”
The party said the stage was targeted to secure a desperately needed endorsement from the international community.
“But the world is hardly fooled by theatrics of desperation. APC is chasing shadows,” Mr. Metuh said.
“That stage may have lifted the badly deflated morale of the members of APC but the vanishing performance is incapable of redeeming the forlorn fortune in the bad sale the APC flag bearer is in the March 28, 2015 presidential election.
“Bottom-line, we wish to urge General Buhari to quickly channel his message and energies home, meet Nigerians who are choking up with questions on his capacity to lead. He may realize ultimately too, that politics in this instance is local and shall be decided locally. The ultimate endorsement lies with the people of Nigeria.
Femi Fani-Kayode, an enfant-terrible of the Jonathan Campaign Organisation criticised Buhari for shunning a TV debate in Nigeria, while selling his message overseas, to curry international support.
In a statement that followed the party’s style of savaging the opponent, Fani Kayode said:
“We wonder whether General Buhari told his foreign audience whilst he was in London how much he loves Boko Haram. We wonder whether he told them that he once said that he believes that ”an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north” and that the Boko Haram terrorists should be appeased, pampered, resettled and paid allowances.
“We wonder if he told them that he was once nominated by Boko Haram to be their spokesman and representative during proposed negotiations with the Federal Government.
“We wonder if he told them that he was the one that ordered and organised the violent injecting, crating and disgraceful kidnapping of a former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the name of Alhaji Umaru Dikko from the streets of London 31 years ago when he was in power.
“We shall state our views about General Buhari’s stage-managed show of shame at Chatham House at a later date; and, at that time, we shall go into far more detail.
“For now, all we can say is that it is truly pitiful that a former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria believes that it is more important to win the hearts and minds of the British than it is to win the hearts and minds of the Nigerian people.
“General Buhari can run to any foreign country in the world to say anything that he likes but at the end of the day, the decision as to who will lead Nigeria as from May 29th this year will be determined by no one else but the Nigerian people. The game is here and not in London,” the statement concluded.