Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gathered together in Lagos for the annual Bola Tinubu colloquium, in celebration of the statesman birthday.
Governors, security chiefs and loyalists from every region where the party holds power were present at the 67th edition on Thursday with the exception of Ibikunle Amosun of Oyo State who did not attend.
Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, representing President Muhammadu Buhari, acknowledged all dignitaries present but snubbed Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
As protocol demanded, Osinbajo called out the names of governors and service chiefs present without mentioning Okorocha and Ganduje.
PUNCH reports that Southwest Governors present included: Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State Governor; Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; former Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola; and Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Others are Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State; Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State
The VP also acknowledged presence of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, other service chiefs and several monarchs.
Okorocha who is serving suspension by the APC, and Ganduje were snubbed by the Vice-President despite being present.
Amosun’s absence at the colloquium was conspicuous considering the recency of disagreements between him and Tinubu who clocks 67 on Friday.
The Ogun governor is also serving suspension from the party following anti-party activities.
Amosun openly campaigned and endorsed an opposition gubernatorial candidate for the State, Adekunle Akinlade, who was his choice candidate.
Tinubu and other APC leaders preferred present governor-elect, Adedapo Abiodun.
Amosun, who is now a senator-elect, had described Tinubu as a Capo di tutti – Italian for the overall boss of a mafia family or group – of Lagos at the height of the crisis.