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Mimiko, others experience delayed landing, as Buhari arrives Abuja

By Oluwaseun Akingboye, Akure
07 October 2021   |   3:12 am
Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and other passengers, who were airborne from Akure to Abuja, experienced delayed landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

It is a flowery report, says ex-governor’s aide
Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and other passengers, who were airborne from Akure to Abuja, experienced delayed landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, who was also in the flight on Tuesday, recounted his experience, blaming the Federal Government for the harrowing experience on bad roads.

Peretei, who recounted his experience onboard, said: “On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, my flight from Akure to Abuja, Overland Flight 1199, was initially scheduled to leave Akure at 11.40 a.m. The flight was delayed till 12.45p.m.

“It was already 1.40 p.m. and we had not touched down. That was when passengers started asking what exactly the pilot said when he spoke through the cabin radio. No answer was coming.

“The nearest was from one of the hostesses who said no one can use the aircraft lavatory and we should fasten our seat belts. By 2.05 p.m., nobody was comfortable. Those who could no longer hold their peace started shouting at the hostesses for situation update.

“Others merely resorted to prayers. It was not clear as to what exactly the pilot said. So, anxiety was the order of the day as the aircraft hovered around Abuja for minutes.

Peretei, however, attributed the hiccups to the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, which disrupted the flight plans of passengers.

MEANWHILE, the Chief Press Secretary to the former governor, Mr. Eni Akinsola, while reacting, said: “The story at least is in very bad taste, as it is an impossible interpretation of what did not happen.

“As it is the case when there is a presidential movement, planes were not cleared to land for a while and passengers were also always being informed from the facts available.

“Crashes or near crashes are characterised by unmanageable plane movements, turbulence or the likes.”

He said that Peretei could have written the flowery and nuanced report of his experience without putting the names of others into it.