Tinubu, Akande would have been part of Buhari’s
meeting if there was the need – APC spokesman
– The All Progressives Congress have revealed why two party leaders – Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande – were absent at a party members meeting with President Buhari
– APC’s spokesperson said he was not sure why they were not at the meeting
– Bolaji Abdullahi however added that Tinubu and Akande would have been at the dinner with the president if there was a need for their presence
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has explained why its national leaders, Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande were not invited to a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, January 18.
The APC said there was no need for the presence of both leaders at the meeting which took place at the residence of President Buhari two days ago.
Punch reports that the spokesperson for the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, said Tinubu and Akande would have been at the dinner with the president if there was a need for their presence.
Abdullahi said although he is not sure of the criteria used in selecting top party members, there should not be much fuss over their absence.
He said: “I don’t know what parameters they used to invite people to the meeting so I cannot say whether there was a reason why they (Tinubu and co) were not at the meeting. But I am sure that if there was a need for them to be a part of the meeting, they would have been there.”
Also speaking a media aide to Tinubu, said the APC’s national leader would not hestitate to attend a meeting called by the president.
Tunde Rahman said: “There shouldn’t be any issue about this at all.
“Why are you trying to make a mountain out of a molehill? If there was a need for Asiwaju Tinubu to attend the dinner, he would not hesitate to be there.
“He had attended many meetings and dinners at the Presidential Villa before when it was required of him to attend,” Tinubu’s media aide noted.
However, a source close to Akande said he is sure the APC chieftain would not turn down such an invitation.
“I am sure that Baba would not turn down such an invitation from President Buhari if he had been invited to the said dinner.
“You know that Baba Akande clocked 79 on Tuesday and he is around. I am sure to a very large extent that he was not invited to the dinner. He would have honoured the invitation if he was invited,” the source said.
It was earlier reported that a former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido had called on Tinubu to dump APC for the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of 2019 elections.
Lamido said he believes the APC no longer deserves Tinubu’s presence.
He also said he has confidence that President Buhari and the APC would be defeated in 2019.