Reasons have been given on why Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior and a former Governor of Osun State could not visit Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in London.
This is contrary to insinuations that Aregbesola refused to visit the former Lagos State Governor because of reported disagreement between them.
Revealing this to the media, Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to Rauf Aregbesola stated that since President Muhammadu Buhari has gone on a visit to the APC top gun while on a medical treatment in London, presidential protocol forbids any other member of the cabinet to do such.
President Buhari had visited the recovering Tinubu in London on August 12, 2021, the protocol also forbade Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Works and others from visiting the APC leader.
According to Fasure, “The minister is unable to visit Tinubu in London for protocol reason.
“If the President has gone, no Minister, not even the Vice President, can go. Aregbesola’s relationship with Tinubu is mutually beneficial and reinforcing.
“Besides, every other person who has personal relationship with Tinubu but serving under President Muhammadu Buhari, will not also visit the former governor of Lagos State until he returns to Nigeria.”
Fasure, who explained that there was no other reason for the Minister of Interior not to visit Tinubu than just protocol, added that the APC national leader and the Minister of Interior were always in constant talk and the last time they talked, it lasted for more than one hour.
Expressing shock at the level of misinformation some news reports may have caused regarding the visitation, the Minister’s media aide warned that making case out of the issue was a clear case of mischief and ignorance on the part of such group of persons.