Following Tinubu’s absence at the just concluded APC party rally in Ondo State ahead of the governorship election scheduled to hold this Saturday, the Governor of Plateau state, Solomon Lalong, chairperson of APC Governorship Campaign in the State, has affirmed that the absence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some Southwest governors at the party’s mega rally in Akure on Saturday did not make any difference.
He said that there was no cause for alarm since President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, were present at the rally.
While addressing State House correspondents on Monday shortly after a meeting with the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Lalong stated that the absence of the party bigwigs was not a problem to the party.
In his words: “That (their absence) was not a problem. We explained their absence. They sent in their apologies. You heard what happened there.
“As far as we are concerned, the President who is the leader of the party was at the rally. The national chairman was also there. As far as we are concerned, everybody was there.
“To the party, their absence did not make any difference. If a leader was not there and he has said he was not there because of ill-health, we have prayed that God will heal him.”
The APC Governorship Campaign Chairman went on to express optimism that the APC would emerge victorious in the election billed to hold this Saturday.