All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu did not reject Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s invitation to inaugurate projects, his Media Office said on Wednesday.
Special Adviser on Media to Tinubu, Mr. Tunde Rahman, spoke against the background of insinuations that he deliberately turned down an invitation to participate in activities marking the third anniversary of the governor in office.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated two projects in Ore which the governor executed.
Rahman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Tinubu was invited to inaugurate some legacy projects of the Akeredolu administration but “the APC leader could not honour the invitation because of an earlier scheduled trip abroad.”
He added: “As much as I know, Asiwaju Tinubu did not turn down the invitation; the date suggested by Governor Akeredolu coincided with the timing of an already scheduled trip overseas by Asiwaju. He did not reject the invitation.
“Some opposition politicians in the state had interpreted Tinubu’s inability to keep the initial date for the inauguration of the projects as a clear rejection of Governor Akeredolu and his projects.
“I can tell you that once he returns from his trip, a new date will be picked.
“He will be there in Ondo to inaugurate the projects as requested by the governor,” Rahman added.