You might have heard various reasons why two top guns in the All Progressive Congress APC-Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande (Pioneer Chairman of the Party)-failed to show up at the Party"s National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja on Friday, the Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed even told the media that both men were not members of the NEC and would therefore not have been part of the meeting.
But reports by online newspaper Premium times said the national Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu,
and the party’s immediate past interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande,
boycotted the meeting due to lack of proper communication from the
President Muhammadu Buhari had, while making his comments at the
opening session of the NEC, paid encomiums on Mr. Akande as the first
chairman of the party and how he worked with “dexterity” to put the
party on a strong pedestal, which gave it success.
Mr. Buhari thanked Mr. Akande on behalf of all APC members and said, “it’s a pity he is not here with us”.
Latest reports now say Tinubu actually made plans to attend the meeting and, indeed, was in Abuja for that purpose.
“ Asiwaju called Papa Akande on Thursday and asked him if he was
attending the NEC meeting and Akande asked him if he received any
invitation himself, to which Tinubu said no.
“Papa said why should you go to a meeting you have not been invited?” a source close to the two leaders told PREMIUM TIMES.
The decision by the two leaders to stay away from Friday’s meting was
the clearest indication yet that they were not happy with recent
events within the APC.
It has been widely reported that the former Lagos Governor was
strongly supporting the candidature of Messrs. Ahmed Lawan and Femi
Gbajabiamila to emerge as Senate President and Speaker of the House of
Mr. Akande, a longstanding political ally of Mr. Tinubu, recently
wrote an open letter in which he said that Messrs. Saraki and Yakubu
Dogara who defied the party to emerge as Senate president Speaker of the
House respectively were sponsored by some oil barons and “some elements
in the north”.
Reports said although Mr. Akande eventually
received his invitation to the NEC meeting “around 9pm on Thursday, it
was too late in the day for him to attend”.
He also said Mr. Akande did not get back to Mr. Tinubu to let him know that he had received his invitation late.
Indications that Mr. Tinubu was invited for the meeting was that a
seat was reserved for him with a name tag in front, which remained empty
throughout the duration of the meeting.
Messrs. Tinubu and Akande could not be reached for comments for this report.
Culled from Premium Times