The launch of three books written in honour of the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola was a shadow of the expected large turnout of the who is who in his party, as leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stayed away from the launch of the books in Lagos on Tuesday.
Aside the absence of the APC leaders, most of the members of the former governor’s cabinet, including his two former deputy governors and members of the State Executive Committee of the APC were absent at the presentation the books titled, ‘In Bold Print’, ‘The Lagos Blowdown’ and ‘The Great Leap.
The books were authored by Fashola’s media aide, Mr. Hakeem Bello and Mr. Dapo Adeniyi.
The National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, however sent Prof. Tunde Samuel to represent him.
Fashola’s book presentation falls sharply short of that of the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Ameachi, which had Tinubu, Governor Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Governor Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Governor Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Governor Samuel Lalong (Plateau), Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Chief Bisi Akande, former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, and many others in attendance.
The failure of prominent members and leaders of APC to attend the Fashola’s book presentation may have further exposed alleged bad blood between the former governor and his estranged godfather, Tinubu.