A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has explained his absence at the dinner meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with select party leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday night.
Party leaders who attended the meeting include APC National Chairman, Chief John 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, his counterpart from the South, Segun Oni, ex-Senate President Ken Nnamani, ex-Governors Orji Uzor Kalu and Sullivan Chime, Senators Aliyu Wamakko, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Abdullahi Adamu, Lagos APC Chairman, Henry Ajomale as well as former governorship candidate in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, among others.
The meeting was held to discuss recent happenings in the country as well as party activities.
The absence of Mr. Tinubu, a strong pillar of support for the President, was interpreted in some quarters as evidence of strained relationship between the duo but the former Lagos Governor rubbished such insinuations, saying his presence was not required.
Speaking through his Media Adviser, Mr. Tunde Rahman, the APC leader stressed 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”, Mr. Rahman noted.