A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, was conspicuously absent at the grand finale rally of the party’s candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial election of Ondo State.
The rally, which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, was also boycotted by the governors of Lagos, Oyo and Osun States, Akimwumi Ambode, Isiaka Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola respectively.
Ambode, Aregbesola and Ajimobi are perceived as APC governors in the South-west that are loyal to Tinubu.
At the rally held at Democracy Park, Akure, President Buhari said he was happy with the primaries that produced Akeredolu, describing it as transparent.
The president presented Akeredolu as the party’s gubernatorial candidate and canvassed votes for him.
He thanked the party’s faithful for “coming even in the sun and standing for the some hours. It shows the level of commitment that you have for the party.
“I have confidence in the gubernatorial candidate of the party and I was happy with the transparent way the primary election was held.”
The rally was attended by Senate President Bukola Saraki and APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun as well as the governors of Imo, Plateau, Kano, Kogi and former governor of Edo State State Adams Oshiomhole.