Several leaders of the All Progressives Congress were absent at the launch of three books written in honour of the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, in Lagos, on Tuesday.
Similarly, most of the members of Fashola’s cabinet as well as his two former deputy governors, Mrs. Sarah Sosan and Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and members of the State Executive Committee of the APC were absent at the launch of the three books.
Although the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, sent a representative, Prof. Tunde Samuel, the book launch was in sharp contrast with that of the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi. At Amaechi’s book launch which held three months ago in Lagos, Tinubu, Governor Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Governor Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Governor Samuel Lalong (Plateau), Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Chief Bisi Akande, former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, and many others were physically present.
The absence of former governors and leaders of the party renewed speculations that all was not well between Fashola and his former boss, Tinubu.
It was learnt the APC leaders that shunned the launch of the three books chronicling the stewardship of Fashola as governor, did so to show support to Tinubu.
Various dignitaries, including co-founder of Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr. Fola Adeola, who was the chairman; a former Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaja Latifat Okunu; as well as scholar and popular columnist, Prof. Olatunji Dare, lauded Fashola’s achievements when he was in office.