The All Progressive Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu turned 67 on Thursday and a colloquium was held on his behalf however some familiar faces were absent.
The 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium was held in Abuja and the governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, failed to attend the event.
Amosun was the only governor from the South-West that failed to attend the colloquium, which is held yearly in commemoration of Tinubu’s birthday.
Amosun, who had attended the last three Bola Tinubu colloquiums, was absent on Thursday.
The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, called out the names of all the governors present, as protocol demands.
They are: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State; Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; and Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola.
Others present include: Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; his Bauchi State counterpart Mohammed Abubakar; Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu; former Governor Rauf Aregbesola; and Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The presence of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; service chiefs and several monarchs were also acknowledged.
However, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who has been suspended by the APC, was not acknowledged by the Vice-President despite being present. Ditto for Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
Amosun, who has been suspended by the APC, has been at loggerheads with Tinubu and other party stalwarts after he was denied the opportunity of hand-picking his successor.
Amosun, who is now a senator-elect, had described Tinubu as a Capo di tutti of Lagos at the height of the crisis.
The Capo di tutti is a term of Italian origin often used to describe the overall boss within a mafia family or group.
The tension reached a climax when Tinubu and others were humiliated at the APC Presidential rally in Abeokuta last month.
A crowd comprising Amosun’s loyalists, shouted ‘thief, thief’ at Tinubu.
Tinubu’s preferred candidate, Abiodun, eventually won the election; but his victory is being challenged by Amosun’s candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, at the election petition tribunal.