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Inauguration Gala Nite: VP, APC chieftains Shut Out

… For Coming Late

Anthony Awunor 

Vice-President of The Gambia, Mrs. Isatou Njie-Saidy, some envoys, top chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), including Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, got the greatest shock of their lives, Friday night, as they were locked out of President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration Gala Nite held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Impeccable sources close to the presidential media crew at the event told The UNION that though some of the dignitaries were later allowed in, the gate was initially shut against those arriving the venue late.

“They felt the new president would not come to the party early enough but were surprised that President Muhammadu Buhari came much early against their expectations and the gates were shut against them,” The UNION was told.

Explaining how the incident happened, one of the top dignitaries who was kept waiting for several minutes at the entrance of the venue, said: “We were ready by 6.30pm to hit the Inauguration Gala Night at the Villa. The transport that was provided for us turned up about 8.10pm. We arrived to meet locked doors as the President was already seated. Short story, we were not allowed in.”

The dignitary, who craved anonymity, added: “But we were not alone. Our very own Abike Dabiri, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Vice-President of the Gambia and many foreign diplomats were also locked out.

“We couldn’t get in but we were delighted to see that the same rule applied to all. No more African time. Proud of the new emerging Nigeria.

“I think the new Buhari-led government does not want to flow along with African Time,” this newspaper was told.

When President Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria’s president on Friday, May 29, 2015, he promised to bring change to the country. The inauguration was followed by an inauguration gala nite held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari is the first opposition figure to win a presidential election in Nigeria since independence in 1960.

“I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”, he said in his inaugural speech on Friday, vowing to tackle “head on” the issues of corruption and the insurgency from the terrorist Boko Haram group, among others.

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