National Publicity Secretary of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has berated those making issues over Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s invitation to the just concluded Democratic Party National Convention, DNC, in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America, describing their action as an ego massaging.
The media was awash with criticisms targeted at Tinubu over alleged comments that President Barack Obama personally invited him to the convention as Obama’s tacit endorsement of Tinubu as his preferred choice of leadership for Nigeria.
According to them, the former Lagos State governor paid 5000 US dollars for the generic invitation. Reacting to the allegations, yesterday, Mohammed accused those bearing the allegation as being indolent, especially as Tinubu never said that Obama invited him.
His said: “This indolence on the part of those making the allegation; anybody, who is conversant with the Democratic Party National Convention, DNC, and US politics, will know that you will never be invited to the convention unless you fall into any of these three categories: you a candidate, a delegate or supporter of the party.
“If you are a supporter and you are being invited, you will be addressed with your first name as if the President (Obama) invited you.
“Asiwaju (Tinubu) never said he had personal invitation from President Barack Obama. Why the brouhaha about who invited him? The question is was he there or not? He was invited because of his support for the Democratic Party, and he never said he was personally invited by Obama.”