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GEJ treks Abuja, Buhari absents Lagos



In separate events that should test the stamina of both presidential candidates of the two main political parties in the forthcoming presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan jogged along some major streets of Abuja, while Muhammadu Buhari was absent at a mass rally organized by his party in Lagos.

Some groups of sportsmen and women including retired and serving athletes, as well as sports administrators on Saturday at the Eagle Square in Abuja organized a rally in support of President Jonathan’s second term in office.

It was however preceded by some forms of physical exercise, such as jogging, physical stretches and light aerobics.

The former Super Eagles’ captains Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo led other sportsmen and women, including members of the Super Falcons, to the event.

Also on Saturday, in Lagos, thousands of All Progressives Congress members and supporters came together for a solidarity march in Lagos, ahead of the elections, in support of their candidates.

However, presidential candidate of the party who only on Friday returned to the country after a two weeks sojourn in London marked by controversies was conspicuously absent from the event.

There are speculations that Buhari may have stayed away from the Lagos rally due to health reasons, that he may not have been able to withstand the rigour of such a trek.

It will be recalled that part of the controversy that trailed his visit to London was the debate that he went there for medical reasons. He also said upon return that he went to London to rest.

Among notable party members who led the march, were the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; the APC governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.

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