Osun: Direct Primary Will Deepen Internal Democracy – Tinubu

All Progressives Congress stalwart, Sen. Bola Tinubu, says the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approving direct primaries for electing the governorship candidate in Osun will deepen internal democracy in the party.

Tinubu expressed the view in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday entitled ‘Internal Democracy: Improving the Nomination Process’,

A copy of the statement was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Tinubu’s Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman.

According to the APC chieftain, the party’s Constitution provides for both direct and indirect primaries, but the direct option is more democratic and more participatory.

Tinubu said that the decision was a ground-breaking step, as it affirmed the party’s democratic inclinations.

He said that the involvement of all APC members in candidate nomination would ensure that the party chose the candidate of the people.

“It will also serve to galvanise the party membership for the general election that lies ahead.

“Moreover, direct primaries will serve as a future deterrent to those who might have tried to corrupt the delegate system of obtaining nominations.

“With that system, the temptation to ‘buy’ delegates was an ever-present weakness. Now, such a venal undertaking will prove much too costly and uncertain to be entertained as feasible strategy.

“I am sure party members in Osun welcome this decision for it shines the rays of democracy more fully upon them.

“May this decision not be peculiar to Osun, but stand as the new way of our party. The nation and the APC will both be better for it, ” he said.

Tinubu said that the decision took courage and conviction, as it bucked the old ways to bring about something better and new.

“When the history of this moment is written, those looking back on this decision will say that it was an inevitable natural consequence of party evolution, ” he said.

Tinubu commended the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for leading the party toward greater democracy.

According to him, increased participation of all party members in key decisions that affect them is commendable.

“From inception, our party has held to principles of internal democracy, and by the open and fair conduct of our conventions, we have distinguished ourselves from all other political parties.

“While we have achieved more than others with regard to internal democracy, there is still more to be done in order to perfect our internal procedures and mechanisms.

“This consideration was a key factor in the election of Oshiomhole as party chairman.

“Core to that mandate is the improvement of democracy within the party so that we may become even better representatives of the people, ” Tinubu said.

NAN reports that the APC said it would adopt direct primary method in Osun State in choosing a candidate ahead of the state’s governorship election.

The national chairman of the ruling party, Oshiomhole, said this on Monday in Abuja after the screening of aspirants interested in flying the party’s flag in the Sept. 22 election. (NAN)

Tinubu Pledges To Work For Buhari’s Second Term

A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said President Muhammadu Buhari deserved a second term and that he would work for his victory in the 2019 presidential election.

 

While highlighting some of Buhari’s achievements, Tinubu claimed that Nigerians are no longer paying for darkness, giving an indication that electricity supply has become stable under the present administration.

He also lauded Buhari for the school feeding programme, a component of the government’s Social Investment Programme.

Tinubu: With June 12 Declaration, Buhari Has Forever Buried The Notion That He Is Undemocratic

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), says that by declaring June 12 Democracy Day in place of May 29, President Muhammadu Buhari has “forever buried the ill-conceived notion that he is ambivalent to democracy”.

In a statement released on Thursday evening by Tunde Rahman, his spokesman, Tinubu also said Buhari had shown all Nigerians and the world that we have the moral fortitude to objectively face our history, learn from it and improve our society by virtue of this learning.

“The award of GCFR to Chief Abiola serves as an acknowledgement that he won the 1993 election and should have been allowed to serve as our president after winning that free and fair expression of the popular will,” he said.

“We also commend the award to MKO Abiola’s VP candidate, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe and that given to Chief Gani Fawehinmi. Chief Fawehinmi was a fearless advocate for democracy and the human rights of the common man. Whenever and wherever he spoke, it was the language of truth to power.

“Along with all democratic and fair-minded Nigerians, I welcome the news that June 12 will replace May 29 as Democracy Day. I too applaud President Buhari for making this courageous and rightful decision. This is good news for democracy and a proud moment for Nigeria. While impossible to go back in time and change the past, we must do our utmost to correct the wrongs of the past. This is what Buhari has done by this decision. He has shown all Nigerians and the world that we have the moral fortitude to objectively face our history, learn from it and improve our society by virtue of this learning.

“June 12, more than any other day, symbolizes the struggles and sacrifices made by countless Nigerians to establish democracy as our way of national governance. Chief MKO Abiola and others gave their lives that we might have democracy, that the will of the people would be sovereign and not suppressed by the will of the few. This proclamation by the president will forever memorialize the sacrifices made by these patriots who gave up themselves in service of such a noble and rightful purpose.”

He urged Nigerians to consecrate June 12, enjoy the holiday, and rededicate themselves to the ideals of democracy.

“We must consecrate this new holiday and ourselves so that we make it a living holiday. More so than ever before, the spirit of June 12 must live within us. It must guide our politics and how we govern ourselves. We must continuously dedicate ourselves to the freedoms and rights as well as the duties that democracy bestows on us all, political friend and foe alike. Let it be said that this presidential proclamation should forever bury ill-conceived notion that President Buhari is ambivalent to democracy. He has shown that he not only respects democracy but duly honor it,” he said.

“Democracy may be rough and untidy at times but it remains the form of government best suited for a society as diverse and multifaceted as ours. Today, the sun shines a bit more brightly. The sound of democracy peals more resolutely across the land. The sacrifices of Chief Abiola and others have been affirmed by the federal government he once should have led. Democracy has been given its proper seat and day. History has been corrected to the extent humanly possible. Nigeria continues to define its better self.

Tinubu Commends APC Over National Convention Committee

A former Governor of Lagos and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has commended his party over the inauguration of a committee to organize its National Convention on Monday.

The former governor expressed optimism that the convention will be hitch-free as he believed that members of the convention committee will carry out their duties without favoritism.

In a statement released by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said, “I congratulate the Chairman and members of the Congresses/Convention Committee of our party, the All Progressives Convention, just inaugurated to take charge of the conduct of the forthcoming congresses and national convention.

“Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru, who is the chairman of the committee, is a man reputed to be of high character and integrity.

“Working with other members of the committee, I’m persuaded that our party would conduct hitch-free congresses at all levels and the national convention.

“I also congratulate our party for embarking on the congresses against all odds. This is the way to go if we are desirous of building and upholding a truly democratic political party. Our ultimate goal should be the greater interest of the party.

“I believe that all members of our party are high in the expectation that the committee would perform its assignment without fear or favor through which our party can be great again.”

Will Bishop Oyedepo Shave Tinubu’s Head For Lying? By Tunde Odesola

(Publisher in The Punch of Monday, April 9, 2018)

The thrifty history behind his mane notwithstanding, as one of his acolytes, I should warn Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, not to visit some Nigerian university for now, otherwise, a pair of covenant shears would scissors his crown-like shock of wispy hair – sssha! sshaa! ssshaa!, and the spongy white strands of knowledge would cascade to the floor of ignorance. I would’ve offered the same advice to the greatest reggae musician of all time, the late Bob Marley, if he was planning to visit Nigeria this perilous period.

Latin language is dead. It died thousands of years ago when it ceased to be the native language of Latium, a central-western region of Italy, where it was spoken with flourish during the gleam of the Roman Empire reign. Today, Latin emits the embers of an unenviable afterlife. Latin wasn’t completely buried with the emergence of Italy as a modern nation state. Rather, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, Provencal and Romansh languages evolved from it. Latin gave the world the word ‘emeritus’. Growing up as a starry-eyed teenager with a curiosity for highfaluting English words, the title, Emeritus Professor, struck me with fascination back in the day when Professors Ayodele Awojobi, Chike Obi, Chinua Achebe, Claude Ake, Soyinka and co were the guiding lights to a nation groping in the vortex of self-discovery. Then, I had thought ‘emeritus professor’ was superior to a ‘mere’ professor. I never knew emeritus is another word for retired. I never knew emeritus is a Latin word for ‘veteran soldier’.

I know universities confer emeritus statuses on distinguished retiring or retired professors. But I don’t know who conferred the title ‘Emeritus Governor’ on a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. For the fact that no Nigerian politician has been as influential, all-permeating, robust and dominant as the Lion of Bourdillon since 1999, I won’t contest the title. I think it’s richly deserved.

Another Nigerian, though not a politician, but who’s also making waves in his calling, is Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide. Both Tinubu and Oyedepo have quite a number of things in common. They’re both from Muslim backgrounds as Oyedepo’s dad was a Muslim from Omu-Aran in Kwara State. Both married Christian spouses. While Tinubu clocked 66 last week, Oyedepo will clock 64 on September 27, this year. Whereas the net worth of Tinubu’s stupendous wealth isn’t in the public domain, Oyedepo is reputed to be one of the richest clerics in the world. I’m sure the net worth of Tinubu’s wealth, if made public, would draw more daggers from enemies than praise from supporters. Both are Yoruba leaders who leave no hair on their pates. Both studied in the US. Today, they’re orphans, who actualized their dreams in Lagos State. And both aren’t strangers to controversy.

Oyedepo’s Covenant University, Ota, was in the eye of the storm again, last week, when a cross-section of Nigerians condemned the cutting of the hair of some students of the university by authorities who deemed their hair bushy. Arguments have oscillated between the university being a citadel for the cross-fertilization of divergent academic ideas, and the university being a place where man-imposed ethics must shave off individual freedom, wearing the cassock of utter obedience.

To buttress what they deemed as hypocrisy, online commentators uploaded the picture of Oyedepo sporting a bushy hair in his younger days. They also uploaded a six-member family picture of the Oyedepos, where one of the two young men standing behind the bishop and his wife, Faith, wore a trendy crew cut hairstyle. Not done, some commentators condemned Covenant authorities for using the same hair clipper on the erring male students in succession – without sterilization, raising health concerns over the risk of disease transmission. While some commentators were of the opinion that the university’s laws must be absolutely obeyed by students, who, upon admission, pledged allegiance to Covenant’s rules, some said Covenant’s regulations mustn’t supersede the Nigerian Constitution, which provides for self expression, freedom and human dignity.

In all of these, I stand by the words of a two-term British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, a Jew, who said, “A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.” I think it is high time Nigeria began to raise a new breed of future leaders that wouldn’t be cowed into blinded religiosity against demanding a better deal from the wasted generation currently leading the country. I reckon that except Prophet Elisha who was bald, all the great Jewish leaders in the bible wore long hairs – Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Abraham, Samuel, Samson, David, Solomon, the Messiah, Jesus Christ; etc. Pictures don’t lie.

But the Jagaban Borgu told a black lie last week. I won’t dwell on the impropriety behind the categorization of a type of lie as white and another type as black. Basically, a white lie is described as a harmless or trivial lie while a black lie is described as harmful, evil. With President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance, Tinubu, delivering a colloquium speech to commemorate his 66th birthday in Lagos, told his audience that the All Progressives Congress never promised Nigerians “honey and sugar”. Haba! Ogini kwa? What then did your party promise Nigerians? Serpents and stones? If not in deference to old age and respect for the beautiful and ageless Oluremi, your wife, I would’ve called you a blinking liar because I was personally at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, where the APC presidential primary held in December 2014. If ‘change’ is not a promise of “honey and sugar”, is it a continuation of the Goodluck Jonathan ruinous years? When you led Buhari to campaign grounds nationwide, urging Nigerians to vote for him, did you promise them suffering?

Tinubu told his birthday audience, “Yes, when we came in, we came in with a whole lot of hope… thinking and believing in ourselves, that we can change Nigeria… Life is not interesting without challenges. We didn’t come with a political party showing our logo as honey and sugar, our logo is (a) broom bound together, (symbolizing) united Nigerians, focusing against terrorism, against corruption, and to promote the economic revival of the country.” Latin is not a language of betrayal, but like the betrayed Julius Caesar, I ask, “Et tu, Tinubu?”

Inadvertently confirming that he had been shut out of the Buhari Presidency in the last three years, Tinubu said, “We have a nation to rescue; we have a good leader to emulate and we have hope. We have reduced the propensity for corruption… I will submit a proposal on how we can stimulate the economy.” Sir, what’ve you been doing in the last three years? Watching the economy chained by inflation?

Tinubu mocked former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying, “My grandmother used to ask me to write letters to her. Somebody is writing letters now, letter of politics these days. As if they’ve not been there before. Bad belle letters!”

With barely a year left in Buhari’s tenure, Tinubu said, “I’m happy the President can change the course of the ship wreckage – the ship of this country that’s headed in the wrong direction. To steer the ship back or anchor before redirecting it, which, of course, is necessary.” Steering the ship for three years?

For the black lie told by Tinubu, I wonder what Oyedepo would have done to his hair if he was a student of Covenant. Need I speak Latin again? Ok, I’ll. I concur with the Latin phrase which says “acta non verba” – meaning “deeds, not words” – are needed for Nigeria’s development because “barba non facit philosophum” – “a beard doesn’t make one a philosopher.” And I’ll leave President Buhari with the words of a fellow Roman military commander, Hannibal Barca, who said in Latin, “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” – meaning: “I will either find a way or make one.”

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Tinubu Reveals Who Made Him Governor Of Lagos State

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Tuesday revealed how Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo ensured he became the Governor of Lagos State.

Tinubu said if not for the honesty and integrity of the elder statesman, he would not have become the governor of Lagos State in 1999.

The former Governor explained that it was Adebanjo who insisted the results of the primary election which favoured him must be upheld even when others were trying to scuttle it.

Tinubu spoke at the formal launch of an autobiography in commemoration of the 90th birthday anniversary of Adebanjo.

The programme was entitled “Telling It As It Is,” and was held in Lagos.

Tinubu said, “He (Adebanjo) insisted that every member of the AD must stand for primaries. He said the results of the free primary election must be upheld and that was in my favour.

“If he were corrupt, he would have collected bribe then as the Acting Chairman of Action for Democracy but he stood his ground and upheld the primary election, which later made me the governor of the state.

“May God bless you. I pray that you will continue in this your honesty, I respect you, and you are a mentor to me.

“Though we may disagree on some issues, he is my mentor and he taught me rebellion, that means I am not a bastard.”

Truth Of The Matter With AYEKOOTO: Enigmatic Akanbi

 

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By Ayo Akinola

Modern (if I may use this word) Osun, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Imo etc and to some extent, modern democratic Nigeria, could be safely said to be as a result of the sagacity of this leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. As we celebrate his birthday this week, Aye Kooto cannot but say something.

Even a voluminous book will not be enough to write on the enigma called Akanbi Bolanle Ahmed Tinubu, with the epithet: Omo olodo ide, (the prodigy with a mortar made of bronze). He has defined what leadership ought to be. It may be safe to conclude that Bola is the major issue in contemporary Nigeria’s political landscape because when it comes to the politics of Tinubu, you cannot be on the fence: you either love or hate him. As governor of metropolitan Lagos, he bestrode the landscape of western Nigeria’s politics such that he became a kingmaker of sorts, even long after leaving office.

Bola Tinubu was born on 29 March 1952 in Lagos to the illustrious Tinubu family. He attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan. In 1975, Bola left Nigeria for the United States of America in search of the proverbial Golden Fleece with a heart brimming with unrelenting determination to achieve his visions. There he studied first at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois and then at Chicago State University. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Tinubu worked for American companies Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells, and GTE Services Corporation. When he returned to Nigeria in 1983, he joined Mobil Oil Nigeria, becoming an executive of the company. In 1992, he was elected to the Nigerian Senate representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic.

In 1993, after the results of the presidential elections were annulled, Tinubu became a founding member of the pro-democracy group called National Democratic Coalition (NADECO). In 1998, after the death of military dictator Sani Abacha, he returned to Nigeria to heed a call for all Nigerians to join in the National Reconciliation and Development. During the 1999 elections, Bola Tinubu was a protégé of Alliance for Democracy (AD) leaders Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo. He won the AD primaries for the Lagos State gubernatorial elections and later was elected Executive Governor of Lagos State. During his eight-year period in office, he made large investments in education as well as new road construction, required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the state.

Tinubu received several awards: Best Governor in Nigeria for Y2000 by the Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce; Y2002 Best Practices Prize in improving the living environment, awarded by the Federal Ministry of Works and the UN Habitat Group; Y2000 Best Computerized Government in Nigeria Award by the Computer Association of Nigeria. Tinubu is married to Oluremi Tinubu, the current Senator of central Lagos State. His youngest daughter, Abibat Tinubu, graduated from a Music college in Boston, Massachusetts, US in 2013.

Describing him as the leader of modern progressivism in Nigeria may not be far from being correct. His political sagacity, coupled with his natural ability to assemble egg-heads in whatever he does and wherever he found himself made his path to cross with those who would steer the ship of statehood, even till date: Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Information Minister Lai Mohammed, Joint Tax Board Chairman and Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Tunde Fowler, among others too numerous to list passed through Tinubu. After several shots at the Presidency, Mohammadu Buhari probably later learned that crossing path with the Jagaban will inevitably bring Mother Luck to him. That has become history today. A popular fable surrounds him, which is that no one goes to Tinubu in tears comes out of his home without a smile.

Neglect him to your peril. Ask former deputy governors Femi Pedro, Chief Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, and  Adebisi Sosan as well as political juggernauts of yesteryears Musiliu Obanikoro,  Chief Bode George, late Ganiyu Daodu, late Funso Williams, former Works Minister Adeseye Ogunlewe, and former Ondo Governor Olusegun Mimiko and a few others. Even the Ebora Owu, former President Obasanjo received lashes from him at the courts when the former withheld Lagos funds on accounts of new LCDAs.

Today the fates of those who choose to ignore the leadership of Asiwaju such as APC national Chairman John Odigie Oyegun and that of Ondo Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu hang on the balance. The hands of the clock is turning towards him as President Muhammadu Buhari seems to be “seeing the light” as to why he should not betray his benefactor.

As a mortal, he has his own faults. But the good in him has almost eclipsed those faults. He has also suffered loss of a scion in Jide Tinubu. May God assuage the loss. Amen.

Whenever I think about the octopus hands of this enigma, I always have it in my mind that, take or leave it, at any point in the history of any nation, fate or God has always made it possible for certain individuals to give directions. God chooses those leaders Himself and gives them all needed human and material resources to implement His wish for the destiny of such nation. Asiwaju is unarguably one of them.

As Asiwaju marks another milestone, we wish him a very long life and prosperity.

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Attends 10th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun on Thursday joined President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo alongside other dignitaries at the 10th Annual Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium to mark his 66th birthday.

Dolapo Julius captured the following images from the event.

 

 

AGF Congratulates Asiwaju Tinubu At 66

A socio-political group, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation (AGF) Osun state chapter has joined millions of well meaning Nigerians to celebrate the National leader of the ruling All Progress Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 66th birthday.

The group in a press statement signed by its acting Coordinator, Com. Sikiru Tijani and Secretary, Yahya Adeniji which was made available to newsmen, described the former Lagos governor as a unique leader, determined democrat whose life is committed to the course of the masses.

According to the release, “It is imperative to note that this leader who is filled with patriotic spirit has done well in bringing and building the nation, Nigeria by his ideology.

“We want to join all members of the All Progressives Congress and other people who Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu has affected and influenced positively, to celebrate another milestone in the life of the great leader as he turns 66.

“We are blessed with many gifts in human form and Asiwaju Tinubu is one of such gifts especially in the political terrain which has gone a long way in charting a new possibility for the generation beyond.

“As he turns 66 years, we are of the opinion that Asiwaju has raised the bar for many political leaders across the country and has also bequeathed a style of leadership that completely altered the landscape of the commercial capital.

“Asiwaju Ahmed has without doubts, been a source of joy and inspiration to many. Your selflessness is second to none and of course, you are a desirable leader.

“We ask God in his infinite Mercy to grant you long life in good health, wisdom and happiness in the years to come.”the release added.

Osun APC Felicitates With Tinubu

The State of Osun Chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC has felicitated with the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 66th birthday.

This is contained in a statement signed by the state party chairman, Prince Adegboyega Famodun in Osogbo on Wednesday.

PRESS STATEMENT

The All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun felicitates with its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 66th birthday celebration.

In this testy period of Nigeria’s history, for a person of his age and calibre and capacity to be at the helm of affairs of the ruling party in the country is no mean achievement.

Starting from 1999 when he was a much younger person in charge of the most important state in Nigeria – Lagos, Asiwaju has started to distinguish himself as a pace setter and a unique achiever.

For eight years, between 1999 and 2007, he set Lagos on a progressive agenda which has not faltered until today. He left a heritage which was unique, and he ensured that those who succeeded him were not only the right people, but also individuals with foresight and energy to excel.

The excellence of Lagos today is the heritage of Tinubu, whichever way one looks at it.

As a fighter, he upturned the applecart when he fought the Federal Government to a halt under the Olusegun Obasanjo regime. He not only succeded in maintaining Lagos, under his governorship, he piloted the ship of state successfully in spite of Federal Government illegal withholding of the allocation due to Lagos.

Come 2014, he shepherd the establishment of a coalition, that for the first time in the history of Nigeria, defeated the sitting government in an election.

All of these are ethical and momentous achievements, deserved for prodigies.

Asiwaju, the Jagaban Borgu, we celebrate you on your birthday for reasons proudly mentioned above.

Long may you live.

Prince Adegboyega Famodun,
Chairman,
APC, State of Osun.

Tinubu Speaks On Absence At APC National Caucus Meeting

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Thursday opened up on why he did not attend yesterday’s national caucus meeting of the APC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Stating that his failure to be at the Presidential Villa for the APC caucus meeting is not worth any fuss, he explained that some young Nigerians, ahead of his birthday, organized an event in Lagos on Monday where they expressed their impression of him as a leader and motivator, hence the need for him to honour them with his presence.

Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, who made this known while being interviewed by presenters of Political Platform, a programme on RayPower FM, said, “Yesterday, a group of younger ones put together a programme for him where they were talking about their impression of him as a leader, as a motivator. You needed to be there; it was so inspiring. You know these younger ones were talking about what they feel Asiwaju stands for. What they think about Asiwaju. I think that was what kept him away from Abuja. He couldn’t be in Lagos at that event and be in Abuja at the same time.”

When asked why his principal would sacrifice APC caucus meeting for an event put together in celebration of his birthday, Rahman said, “I did not tell you these young ones came to visit him. They organized a programme in celebration of his birthday. I think was only fit and proper that he honoured them (with his presence) the way they honoured him too. You needed to be there. He was the celebrant and everything was around him too.

“So, I do not know why you would think that is not equally important as well. Don’t also forget that the caucus meeting he did not attend is an advisory body. The caucus is an advisory body. So that he did not attend the caucus meeting should not be a thing that we will make a lot of noise about.”