UPDATE: Why Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu, Ambode were absent from Ondo APC rally

Photo credit: nairaland
Photo credit: nairaland

President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday disappointed a mammoth crowd who thronged the Democracy Park in Akure  for the flag off of the 2016 governorship campaign of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The event, which effectively kicked off at about 11 a.m., was however attended by some APC governors, federal ministers, and top echelons of the party.

Officials of the campaign kept informing the crowd at the earlier part of the event that the president and his deputy were on their way; but as time went on, it was soon clear that they would not be coming.

The publicity secretary of the party in Ondo State, Abayomi Adesanya, said the president and his deputy encountered an emergency situation that they needed to attend to on Thursday.

“The President and the Vice President had an emergency state matter they had to attend to and so could not turn up,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES check, however, revealed that the Ondo event was never on Mr. Buhari’s schedule.

Mr. Adesanya, however, said President Buhari would be in Ondo State for the grand finale of the campaign, scheduled tentatively for November 19.

Messrs. Buhari and Osinbajo were not the only obvious absentees from the rally the party hopes to use to jumpstart its troubled campaign.

Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu

A national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, and top party leaders close to him, also boycotted the event.  Mr. Tinubu’s allies who were absent include the current Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola. Vice President Osinbajo is also an ally of Mr. Tinubu and was reportedly nominated for his position by the former Lagos governor under whom he served as justice commissioner.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Messrs. Tinubu, Ambode, and Aregbesola would be absent from the event.

Mr. Tinubu, the APC’s most influential politician in south-west Nigeria, is opposed to the candidacy of Rotimi Akeredolu, the party’s flagbearer for the November 26 election. He had also publicly accused the APC national chairman of manipulating the party’s primary process in favour of Mr. Akeredolu and against his preferred candidate, Olusegun Abraham, who was also absent from the rally.

Although party officials kept telling the attendees at the event that Mr. Tinubu and his allies would attend, that was not to be.

At the rally, the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, formally presented the flag to Mr. Akeredolu.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said Ondo residents should effect a change in the government by voting Mr. Akeredolu on November 26.

He advised them to turn out on election day to vote for the APC candidate.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

He said Ondo State was strategic to the federal government and a vote for APC would place the state in a vantage position.

While speaking, Mr. Akeredolu said he would provide jobs for the youth through agriculture and entrepreneurial development.

He urged the people to vote for him and said he would ensure prompt payment of salaries.

The rally was attended by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Simon Lalong of Plateau,  Ahmed Abubakar of Bauchi, Kashim Shetima of Borno and the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Also present were the ministers of solid minerals,  defence, health, and labour and productivity. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, was announced as representing the  Vice President.

The APC is expected to be a major challenger to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo which is also engaged in an internal tussle on who would be its candidate between Eyitayo Jegede and Jimoh Ibrahim.


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  • Otile

    Imam is a coward, he knows he could be captured alive if he enters Akure at this volatile moment.

    • okpada

      You are always on the negative side of issues

      • Baba B

        Because he is born negative and comes from a very dark axis

    • Agudu

      You Otile, whose father and grandfathers were not just cowards but village traitors and outcasts,calling Buhari a war veteran and GOC par excellence a coward. Wonders shall never end!

      • Otile

        If your god Imam Mohmed Buhari is not a coward let him show up in Akure in broad daylight at this volatile period in Ondo state. Your name calling cannot strengthen him to enter the state capital at this time, and you know it.

    • Ade Omowest

      Efulefu Nwa Anunofia.

      • Otile

        Omo ale, nibo baba yin?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      If you, Otile, chose to continue drilling online, the least you could do is to put on your virtual bib.

      Think your age, not your shoe size.

      • Otile

        The tout has resurfaced again. Odale, nibo?

  • B. Messi

    ECHOES FROM THE OTHER ROOM:

    “he is yet to tell me, but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again “.

  • sab

    ‘Ondo State is strategic to the federal government’, what a statement. Strategic not to Nigerians but for the federal government. Just the same way Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Edo States are to APC

  • B. Messi

    ECHOES FROM THE KITCHEN:

    BBC HAUSA: One would wonder that Buhari is not the one in charge knowing him as a person who had leadership experiences, people would not believe.

    AISHA BUHARI: Yes it is surprising; nobody thought it is going to be like this. But now that it is so…sometimes when one is doing something wrong without him knowing, but when people talk to them, they should listen. Because in the future, whether he is going to contest or not, it is that same people that would vote for APC. We hope those people don’t come back, and everybody don’t hope so too”

    • Powerlessconscious

      Continue to deceive yourself only.

    • Iskacountryman

      where is she now?

  • George

    If you look carefully you will understand those against Tinubu supremacy even Tambuwal he Tinubu supported to be comes the speaker of the house is now against Tinubu.

    Since he became Government he never visited Tinubu and this is how the Northerners operate, Awo was a victim, MKO was too and Tinubu is and it will continue because Yorubas are born with slavery brains.

    • Whalerolex

      What a beer parlour analysis!
      Must Thiefnubu always have his way? Come to think of it, which one is “National leader”?
      This was the same he did in Lagos that produced Fashola and now Ambode. Na only him waka come?
      If Thiefnubu is your hero its ok but don’t bring region into your argument. MKO was not trying to make Nigeria his own by dictation who becomes what.
      Enough is enough

      • George

        Beer parlour analysis that your dead MKO refused to adhere to led to his untimely death including his wife.

        • Whalerolex

          Very irrelevant comment

    • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

      That is not true, The Governor of Sokoto has visited Tinubu at least twice since he became governor. He is not here because he is against the process that produced Akeredolu which he thinks is flawed.

      • George

        You with blood of Monkey and Baboon can lies, shame.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      So did they do to Azikiwe, Ojukwu ,Kalu of the million-man-march, Ekweme and your lord and savior, GEJ, who practically handed over the security apparatus of the country to the north

    • Spoken word

      You can open your mouth after an Igbo man becomes an elected president of Nigeria. Until then keep your dirty mouth closed.

      • George

        I’m not Igbo and I will not be one in my life time.

        I never like Tinubu but I will accept him Tinubu more than anybody from the North.

        I would rather accept late Anine or Late RAMBO as my president than Rev. Kukan from the North.

        • Spoken word

          that is your portion not mine.

  • Mike

    I live in Akure and when I first heard of President Buhari’s planned visit, I opined to a friend that I didn’t think the President would show for the very simple reason that the optics wouldn’t be good. If he was to appear, it would have been a clear sign, to most, that he’d had a hand in the issues surrounding the Governorship Candidacy and an undenieable confirmation (if there were any doubts) of the rift between the President and Tinubu. Tinubu, on the other hand, had made it publicly clear where he stood on the matter so it was, in my opinion, a no-brainer. In addition, there was also the ‘small matter’ of swearing in the Head of the 3rd Arm of Government by Mr. President yesterday. Make of that what you will.

  • Churchill Roosevelt

    Abi o….
    Respect my bro.

  • ayobamiba

    Tinubu and his bunch of greedy turncoats must not try anything funny ,otherwise he must get something bigger than he ever contemplated. I warned him before hand to remember Yoruba episode with abacha when he was turbo charged for Judas kiss in 2013.tinubu must be careful to avoid mko experience. He either falls inline or have himself to blame forever.

    • George

      God will surely blindfolded him to pay for his sins. They are too many.

  • George

    You people will never learn even your pastors and Professors are all talking before reasoning. shameful tribe

  • realist

    The last APC campaign in Ondo state was a united front, now Oyegun became the chairman and brought them in pieces. What a leader. Sign of a failure. Must be removed or else …

    • Aaaapeecee

      @disqus_4oEmKZ4v8H:disqus

      APC is a disgrace to everyone who’s ever gone to school

      Look, stop isolating events. Focus on the big picture. APC is a coalition of illiterates – the worst party
      Nigeria has ever had – a political party without honesty, clarity or competence under the control of a
      rustic rural dweller with no modern mentality or Wasc/Gce certificate. APC is the cause of the worst
      economic recession Nigeria has ever had. Suicide rates have shot up as a result of APC Muslims’
      coalition of illiterates without gumption, knowledge, wisdom or understanding. Now the APC is
      breaking up as it should because APC is a disgrace to everyone who’s ever gone to school.

      • Powerlessconscious

        So PDP is coalition of educated thieves? Is that what you meant?

        • dele20

          Pdpigs are thieves

      • Opekete

        When you live in a cocoon, there is the tendency to create your own reality. Reality becomes relative to the apologist of kleptocracy and ethnic jingoist. However the reality is that we know who are the mentally incompetents in Nigeria political history are. If you believe the corruption fight is a kind of ethnic thing then you will forever remain in your world of make believe. After all to give truth to him who likes it not is to give him more reason for misinterpretation.

      • dele20

        Mr. Critic, nobody is listening to your trash here, this APC is a fortune to everyone

      • Baba B

        Your madness must be ingrained in your DNA. Just read your post all over again and juxtapose your summation to the revelation coming out on how the now comatosed pdp members plundered our commonwealth and you would come to the realisation that you do not even know the extent of your own madness.

  • Wise Head

    Wait a minute. I hope that when the next government starts probing the Buhari regime for the massive corruption flourishing under it, that his almajiri and jihadist supporters in North would not pour into the streets to kill, maim and burn properties? I hope the now quiet Northern Elders Forum (NEF) will not return from temporary retirement to spit fire and brimstone. I hope another version of Boko Haram would not spring up. We are watching..

  • Wise Head

    Wait a minute. I hope that when the next government starts probing the Buhari regime for the massive corruption flourishing under it, that his almajiri and jihadist supporters in North would not pour into the streets to kill, maim and burn properties? I hope the now quiet Northern Elders Forum (NEF) will not return from temporary retirement to spit fire and brimstone. I hope another version of Boko Haram would not spring up. We are watching

    • dele20

      Trash display

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    Buhari should understand that in 2019 he would still have to come and play politics if he wants to contest the election or put his person. Him acting as if he is only there to govern and forget politics might come back to hurt him when he need the political platform

    • dele20

      PMB is certainly meant to be re-elected in2019

      • OMOLOYIN

        Certainly ooo✌

        • dele20

          Thanks for your response

      • Otile

        How can he be re-elected without the help of Obama? President Trump will not be sympathetic to the cause of Islam in Nigeria, neither is he going to dish out billions on dollars to help rebuild the mud huts the terrorists knocked down in the North East. Already he has started snubbing Imam your god.

        • dele20

          Senseless reasoning

  • Otile

    Ifa Orunmilla a gbe yin oo. A gang of Yoruba touts led by fake lawyer Kay Soyemi is mugging me online. I better run away from the scumbags.