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Tinubu: Osinbajo fails to recognise ‘Emilokan’ at public function; apologises

“Before I go on, I have made a very big error. I have left out the presidential candidate of our great party, the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Mr Osinbajo said.

• November 13, 2022
Yemi Osinbajo and Bola Tinubu
Yemi Osinbajo and Bola Tinubu

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo paused his speech midway to recognise Bola Tinubu alias Emilokan, after initially forgetting to offer the courtesy.

It was at the funeral of the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s mother held on Saturday at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Owo, Ondo State.

“Before I go on, I have made a very big error. I have left out the presidential candidate of our great party, the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Mr Osinbajo said.

The vice president further stirred the crowd when he called Mr Tinubu, ‘Emilokan’, a moniker that has stuck with the latter since his infamous outburst in Abeokuta, Ogun State last May, when he angrily declared in his native Yoruba language that it was his turn to become Nigeria’s president having helped President Muhammadu Buhari and several other who were then not supportive of his push to secure the ruling party’s presidential ticket.

“The Emilokan. Asiwaju, I’m sorry. He was sitting right next to me. Not just sitting right next to me, but right in front of me, but I honour you and welcome you to this event,” Mr Osinbajo quipped. 

In June, Mr Osinbajo contested against Mr Tinubu in the APC primaries despite calls for him to step down for the former Lagos governor under whom he served as Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in Lagos.

The duo have not enjoyed the best of camaraderie in the aftermath of the primary.

Mr Tinubu, in October said he no longer held grudges against Mr Osinbajo. The vice president has however stayed away from Mr Tinubu’s campaign despite remaining in the same party.

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