Former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s spokesperson Laolu Akande provided an explanation for his principal’s absence from the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus meeting.
The conference featured heavyweights from the party, including former president Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, House Speaker Tajudeen Abbas, and others.
According to a statement from Akande, Osinbajo was unable to attend the event on Wednesday because he was away from Nigeria for some long-term commitments.
The statement partly read, “In a letter of apology for his absence addressed to the Acting Chairman of the party (Abubakar Kyari), the former VP explained that he was already abroad for engagements to which he had long been committed when he received the invitation to the meeting.”
“He had in fact cancelled some of his engagements abroad to be available for the two previously scheduled caucus meetings of the party which had to be postponed due to exigencies.
“While wishing the party fruitful deliberations, he expressed his commitment to the Party and his availability for future meetings and activities of the party.”
During the ex-President Muhammadu Buhari administration, Osinbajo served as vice president of Nigeria from May 2015 to May 2023.
In June 2022, the law professor ran for president of the APC but lost to Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State.