By Yemi Adebowale
APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is not taking lightly Saraki’s decision to boycott a truce meeting called on Monday by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), BREAKING TIMES gathered Monday night.
Senator Saraki boycotted the meeting after reportedly telling party leaders that as a former governor he could not attend a meeting summoned by a ‘mere commissioner’, referring to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, whose previous public office was as Commissioner of Justice in Lagos State.
A close associate of Tinubu who spoke to BREAKING TIMES on condition of anonymity disclosed that Tinubu considered Saraki’s action a slight and a threat to his leadership as the National Leader of APC. According to our source, “Saraki has just made issues tougher for him. Tinubu considers this a threat and an insult”, the source said. “Saraki is now too big to attend meetings organised by the party leadership? They should tell him there cannot be two captains in one ship”, Tinubu, reportedly exploded in anger.
However, it appears that Tinubu is not the only one who feels slighted by Saraki’s refusal to attend the truce meeting. Vice President Osinbajo declined attendance at the meeting following Saraki’s rebuff, describing Saraki’s action as the antics of a man consumed with ambition for power. “When you are consumed with ambition for power, it is easy to become blinded by arrogance to your superiors”, Osinbajo reportedly said.
Saraki has since debunked the claim that he shunned the meeting in disrespect of Vice President Osinbajo or the leadership of the APC. A statement released by his media aide, Bamikole Omishore said he was never invited for any meeting at 10:50pm on Monday evening, adding that he has so much respect for the VP and would never disrespect him.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adopted Senator Bukola Saraki for the position of Senate President. The party, in a statement Tuesday morning, urged its senators and members-elect in the Senate to vote Saraki.
The APC is expected to hold a final meeting tonight to prepare for the elections of its principal officers of the National Assembly Tuesday.