Contrary to media report of a truce, the cold war between the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN reverberated at the annual Colloquium organized in honour of Tinubu in Lagos on Monday.
The wife of the APC Leader, Oluremi Tinubu, could not hide her disgust for the Ondo Governor as she ordered the latter out of the front roll of dignitaries billed to take photograph with her husband.
Several eyewitnesses at the event informed Sahara Reporters that Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, herself a serving Senator upon sighting Mr. Akeredolu at the front roll spontaneously snapped violently against the Ondo Governor and ordered him out of the front roll.
Sources said that it took the intervention of the celebrant, Tinubu, and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu before Mrs. Tinubu could be pacified.
But inspite of the intervention, the Ondo Governor was nevertheless implored to move a bit to the back to ‘completely douse tension.’
Others at the front included the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, the representative of President Buhari and Minister of Interiors, Abdulrahman Dambasau
Mrs. Tinubu is reputed to be hostile and rude to friends and associates of her husband she does not agree with.
She has also at several occasions physically assaulted fellow legislators, the latest being Senator Dino Melaye and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Akeredolu undercut Tinubu’s influence in the last Ondo governorship poll when he ran against the APC founder’s chosen candidate and won the primary. The fact that the national party’s machinery was deployed in support of Akeredolu and against Tinubu’s candidate, Segun Abraham, irked the former Lagos governor. He wrote an open letter to the national chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun-Odigie, threatening to leave the APC and denounce his unconstitutional title of “national leader”.
But, when Tinubu attended Akeredolu’s inauguration in February, 2017, reports began to emerge that the two men had settled their differences.
She has also exhibited aggressive behaviour in the Senate, physically assaulted fellow legislators, the latest being Senator Dino Melaye and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Nigerians will not forget in a hurry how she verbally assaulted Senator Musiliu Obanikoro during his ministerial confirmation hearing in 2014 and wilfully taking the seat reserved from the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in protest of the fact that an opposition party member holds a key position in the Senate.