National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has given reasons for his absence at the National caucus meeting of his party which held at the state house in Abuja last night. Tinubu and one of the party chieftains and his close ally, Bisi Akande, were conspicuosly absent at the meeting.
Speaking through his media aide, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said he was receiving some young Nigerians when the APC caucus meeting was holding. He said the young Nigerians had organized an event in Lagos on Monday in commemoration of his 66th birthday.
The young Nigerians at the event, appaluded him for his contributions to nation building and also expressed to learn from his wealth of experience as a politician. Tunde Rahman spoke during an interview on Raypower FM this morning.
“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 needed to be there; it was so inspiring. You know these younger ones were 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.”
Asked why Tinubu who is the national leader of the party will chose to go for a birthday celebration instead of an important meeting that had president Buhari in attendance, Rahman 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 was only fit and proper that he honoured them (with his presence) the way they 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.”