THE Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will not be able to visit the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in London, where he is taking medical treatment.
Besides, every other person who has personal relationship with Tinubu but serving under President Muhammadu Buhari, will not also visit the former governor of Lagos State until he returns to Nigeria.
Findings by OSUN DEFENDER revealed that the presidential protocol forbids any of the cabinet members to pay Tinubu a visit since President Buhari has gone to visit him.
President Buhari visited Tinubu on August 12, 2021.
It was gathered that Buhari’s earlier visitation, prevented the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) and Aregbesola from going to London to visit the APC leader.
This is contrary to insinuations that Aregbesola refused to visit Tinubu because of reported disagreement between them.
Speaking with OSUN DEFENDER on the matter, Mr. Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to Aregbesola, said the minister is unable to visit Tinubu in London for protocol reason.
Fasure said: “If the President has gone, no Minister, not even the Vice President, can go. Aregbesola’s relationship with Tinubu is mutually beneficial and reinforcing.
“Tinubu and Aregbesola are in constant talk. The last time they talked, it lasted for more than one hour. There is no other reason for him (Aregbesola) not to visit Tinubu than just protocol.
“Anybody or group of persons who wants to make case out of the visitation issue is either ignorant or mischievous. Anyway, I can see ignorance and mischief from some of the posts I read online concerning the visitation.”