The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday, November 19, confirmed his rift with President Muhammadu Buhari, as he was conspicuously missing at the Ondo State, Akure rally, aimed at galvanising support for the party’s candidate.
The development which shocked political watchdogs, came at a time when President Buhari was physically present at the rally, to campaign for the APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, in next week’s Governorship poll.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Buhari arrived Akure airport, at 10:09 a.m. and was received by the State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
The State Governorship polls is expected to take place on November 26.
Those who received the President at the airport, were the Minister of Solid Mineral Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and a Senator Representing Ondo Central at the Upper Legislative Chamber, Tayo Alasoadura.
Others, were former Ondo Deputy Governor, Alhaji Alli Olanusi; and a former Chairman of APC in the State, Isaac Kekemeke. The President’s entourage comprised of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Governor Umar Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State; and his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje. Meanwhile, 2 out of the 4 Governors of the APC, who also pitched their tents with Tinubu ,also boycotted the party’s rally held in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
They are: Governors Rauf Aregbesola of Osun; and Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos. Both men are staunch loyalists of Tinubu, who has made it clear that he was opposed to the candidacy of Akeredolu.
Recall, that Tinubu had accused the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, of manipulating the process that saw Akeredolu’s emergence.