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Saraki's trial forces Osibanjo to cancel India trip

13 March 2016, 20:33

Abuja – Vice President Yemi Osibajo has been forced to cancel his scheduled India trip at the last minute due to conflicting schedules of the VP and President Muhammadu Buhari, according to a report.

Naij said that the development came as a result of protocol errors by the Protocol Department of the presidency after realising that Senate President Bukola Saraki who would have performed the functions of the president, would not be able to do so because of his ongoing trial for corruption.

Osibanjo’s trip also clashed with Buhari’s two-day state visit to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea which starts on Monday.

"When the President and VP are out of town, the running of the country will fall automatically into the hands of the Senate President. We did not want the awkwardness that would come with that scenario," an official from the presidency was quoted as saying. 

A 27-member delegation, including Osinbajo and two ministers, were to travel to India for a conference, the report said.

The report said that a total of $250 000 had already been spent on hotel bookings and transport by the time the trip was cancelled.

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