Former Lagos state governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Thursday opened up on why he did not attend yesterday’s national caucus meeting of the APC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Stating that his failure to be at the Presidential Villa for the APC caucus meeting is not worth any fuss, he explained that some young Nigerians, ahead of his birthday, organized an event in Lagos on Monday where they expressed their impression of him as a leader and motivator hence the need for him to honour them with his presence.
Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, who made this known while featuring on the Political Platform programme of RayPower FM, said, “Yesterday, a group of younger ones put together a programme for him where they were talking about their impression of him as a leader, as a motivator. You need to be there it was so inspiring. You know younger ones talking about what they feel Asiwaju stands for. What they think about Asiwaju. I think that was what kept him away from Abuja. He couldn’t be in Lagos at that event and be in Abuja at the same time.”
Why asked why his principal would sacrifice APC caucus meeting for at event put together in celebration of his birthday, he said, “I did not tell you these young ones came to visit him. They organized a programme in celebration of his birthday. I think it is only fit and proper that he honours them (with his presence) the way they have honoured him too. You needed to be there. He was the celebrant and everything was around him too.
“So, I do not know why you would think that is not equally important as well. Don’t also forget that the caucus meeting he did not attend is an advisory body. The caucus is an advisory body. So that he did not attend the caucus meeting should not be a thing that we will make a lot of noise about.”
Rahman was also taken to task by presenters of the programme on what has become of the presidential assignment given to his principal to reconcile aggrieved members of the APC to which he replied, “What I do know is that there were a lot of pressing issues that the caucus meeting wanted to look at one of which was the recent abduction and the return of Dapchi girls.
“That was what I think was the main issue and like I told you earlier that the assignment given to Asiwaju by President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts within the party is ongoing. He has gone so far in that assignment as a matter of fact he is about putting together an interim report for submission to the President. I’m not aware that that was slated to be done yesterday (at the APC national caucus meeting.”
“And I have also heard him say that this job was given to him by Mr. President and only Mr. President will give the progress report. I think it is only right that you grant him that indulgence that he should be able to tell the President who gave him the assignment how far he has gone with that assignment,” the APC leader’s spokesman concluded.