They looked at each other eyeball-to-eyeball. Their faces wreathed in smiles, they shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. Businessman Ismaila Isa Funtua watched, obviously with some incredulity as ex-Lagos State Governor, the Jagaban of Borgu Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun seemed to be telling each other “good to see you again”.
It was all at the launch of President Muhammadu Buhari’s biography in Abuja yesterday.
It was, indeed, an “eyeful”, a spectacle packed with so much – suspense, shock and anxiety. Why? Just a few days ago, Asiwaju Tinubu wrote a scurrilous statement in which he lashed Odigie-Oyegun and asked him to throw in the towel for his role in the emergence of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s candidate in the November 26 Ondo State governorship election.
According to Tinubu, Odigie-Oyegun over-ruled a panel set up by the party which recommended the conduct of a fresh primary. This was after aspirants Olusegun Abraham, Olusola Oke and Senator Ajayi Borrofice, petitioned that the delegates’ list was “padded”.
Since Tinubu excoriated Odigie-Oyegun and demanded his removal for internal democracy to return to the party, the APC chairman has refused to react. Many have been wondering if his silence amounted to guilt or plain conscience trouble. It is neither here nor there.
This is the first time both men have been seen together in public after the Jagaban accused his former NADECO comrade of seemingly working for forces bent on killing the party.
How genuine are the smiles? Have smiles ceased to be symbols of joy, pleasure and approval of a situation?
But then, is it not said that when a seemingly simple matter gets so “treachrous”, the answer is just a smile – to brighten a gloomy situation. The Nation