by ‘Jola Sotubo
Despite the turmoil within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), two major participants in the battle laid aside their differences and embraced each other.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and the embattled National Secretary of the party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola were said to have engaged in a warm embrace yesterday at the Nnamidi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.
The sight was surprising to onlookers at the airport and while not a conclusive sign of peace, it was a welcome development to see the duo put aside their political differences, even if temporarily.
The Tribune reports:
It was gathered that the duo had met at the VIP Lounge of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport ahead of their scheduled flights to their different destinations.
An aide to Alhaji Tukur told the Nigerian Tribune that the duo had no option than to warm up to each other in a spontaneous embrace, which aides and airport officials applauded.
According to the source, Oyinlola was the first to arrive at the VIP Lounge of the airport, while the PDP chairman was ushered in about 30 minutes after.
“On arrival, the former governor of Osun State stood up to acknowledge Tukur’s presence, and a moment after, both sat in opposite direction at the Lounge as an atmosphere of discomfort hung in the air, with the two keeping to themselves for more than 20 minutes,” the source added.
Tension between Tukur and Oyinlola was said to have lasted until the announcement of Tukur’s flight to Lagos was made and Tukur, on his way to boarding, went to Prince Oyinlola, stretched out his hand for a handshake, which eventually ended with the two of them in another warm embrace.
According to an aide, Alhaji Tukur was said to have asked Oyinlola jokingly that, “Can I still call you the Prince of peace I used to call you?” while Oyinlola was said to have replied,”yes Baba, I remain peaceful and principled.”