Shocker! Tinubu, Akande were not important, no need to invite them to dinner with Buhari – APC spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said party leaders such as Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande would have attended the dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari if there was a need to.
President Muhammadu Buhari held a dinner with select party leaders at the Villa in Abuja, on Thursday night to discuss party affairs.
Party leaders who attended the meeting include Odigie-Oyegun, National Secretary of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, and National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso.
Others include a Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Lawal Shuaibu and his counterpart from the South, Segun Oni. A former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime was also among the non-National Working Committee members in attendance.
However, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande were among leaders who were absent at the meeting.
In response to enquiries about the attendance at the meeting, Abdullahi said he wasn’t aware of the criteria used to select those who attended but that he was certain that if there was the need for the leaders to attend they would have been in attendance.
Abdullahi 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.”
Speaking in a similar vein, Tinubu’s Media Adviser, Mr. Tunde Rahman, noted that “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.”
A source close to Akande, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said, “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. “