Tukur, Oyinlola Engage Each Other in Warm Embrace at Abuja Airport
They may have been on each others throat politically, especially considering the recent action by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who suspended former governor of Olagunsoye Oyinlola despitre a court order asking that he be reinstated as the National Secretary of the party, but the duo laid aside their differences and embraced each other.
Tukur and Oyinlola reportedly met at the Nnamidi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja yesterday and openly engaged each other in a warm embrace.
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.
According to a report by Tribune, 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.”
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