Controversy Rages Over Initiator of Colloquium
The 10th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium has come and gone but the controversy it has stirred still lingers.
One controversy the Colloquium stirred is the fact Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his speech ridiculed Olusegun Obasanjo by calling him a ‘political letter writer’.
At the moment, another controversy is sweeping the political sphere, pitting Tinubu supporters against Fashola’s loyalists.
This is the fact Fashola who was the originator of the Colloquium was not duly acknowledged at its 10th anniversary.
According to a reliable source, the first Colloquium was organized in 2007 and it was funded by Fashola whilst he was governor of Lagos State at the time.
Many say he was inspired to create the Colloquium in honour of the Jagaban of Lagos on his birthday, after being left disgusted by the trifling ‘owambe’ organized by local government chairmen who outdid themselves in their bid to present the biggest ram, hoping to impress the APC chieftain.
It was Fashola’s intention to do away with this practice of the ‘owambe’ and introduce a more intellectual side to Tinubu’s birthday celebration, while also ensuring that his legacy would endure. This birthed the first Colloquium.
Thus Fashola supporters found it incredulous that a decade after, he was not acknowledged or honoured as expected.
Even worse Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who was well aware of the Colloquium and its history, gave a rather vague sweeping acknowledgment of those who began it.
Although the media aide of the Asiwaju of Lagos, Tunde Rahman has come out to deny that Fashola was snubbed at the Colloquium, the office of the governor is yet to respond to this accusation of snobbery.