The absence of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the 62nd Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBAs) at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos has sparked reactions from users of social media.
The former governor of Lagos state, who was invited to speak at the event along with other presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labor Party, was conspicuously absent from the event, while the Mr. Atiku and Mr. Obi showed up for the event.
Tinubu was instead represented at the event by his running mate and former Borno state governor Senator Kashim Shettima.
However, the failure of the presidential hopeful to appear at the event did not seem to have gone down well with some social media users, who took to Twitter to call out the APC presidential candidate for his absence from the event.
Reno Omokri, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, commented on his absence, wondering why Tinubu missed the event, despite the event being hosted in Lagos State, where Tinubu lives.
“If Atiku and Peter Obi can fly to Lagos to speak at the conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, what excuse can Bola Tinubu have if he doesn’t show his face there? It’s happening in Lagos. He lives in Lagos. Lagos is his base. Something’s wrong if he’s not here!” he tweeted.
He continued: “From Tinubu’s absence from the NBA Annual General Conference 3.5 miles from his home in Bourdillon, one thing is clear: Tinubu will avoid any meeting where Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi are present. That means he can’t attend the presidential debates!”
Another user @Ahfo_ tweeted: “From Bourdillon to Eko hotel is 18 minutes by car, but Tinubu chose to send Shettima from Borno to attend the NBA conference.”
@I_Am_Ilemona “Note Tinubu’s refusal to attend the NBA conference today. It would have been the first public comparison of the top candidates for next year’s election. And his camp knew it would expose how badly he compares to the others. So they sent his running mate.”
Another Twitter user @Sadiyahamza41 described Tinubu as a ‘placeholder’ for Senator Kashim Shettima. “Those who ask for APC’s presidential candidate should know that Tinubu is just a placeholder. The real candidate is Shettima and he was there live at the NBA conference,” she tweeted.
“NBA invited Tinubu to speak at their annual conference, and Tinubu sent Kashmir Shettima. Why do they hide Tinubu like Covid 19 palliative?” asked @von_Bismack rhetorically.
The theme for this year’s NBA annual general conference is tagged “Bold Transitions.”
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