Two of the four governors of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the south-western part of the country on Saturday boycotted the party’s rally in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Governors Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos were conspicuously absent as the APC held its major rally for its Ondo governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Both men are loyalists of the a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, who has made it clear he was opposed to the candidacy of Mr. Akeredolu.
Mr Tinubu had accused the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, of manipulating the process that saw Mr. Akeredolu emerge candidate.
Saturday’s rally, the second major one boycotted by Mr. Tinubu and his loyalists was, however, attended by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Democracy Park, Akure.