#NigeriaDecides2019: Are Politicians Running Away As Flight Ticket Purchase Rises?
Less than 24 hours to the presidential election, the airports are getting congested.
There has been an increase in international flight bookings for families of many prominent Nigerians and politicians as well as expatriates, investigations have shown.
An airline source said that the increase might not be unconnected with the forthcoming elections.
It was gathered that between January and the first week in February, many prominent families had bought tickets to travel out of the country.
A source said top destinations included Dubai ( United Arab Emirates), Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
“Many prominent families have been buying tickets to travel out since the beginning of the year,” one of the sources said.
A travel agent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was normal for politicians to move their families out of the country during elections.
“Once it is election time, most politicians send their families out of the country or they just move to places where they cannot be reached easily,” the source stated.
He, however, added that the fact that they (politicians) were buying international flight tickets did not mean they would eventually travel out of the country.
According to him, such families sometimes buy the tickets but stay in secluded places within the country until elections are over.
“They can afford to buy tickets and not use them, which happens often,” the source added.