Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu disappointed millions of boxing fans on Friday, May 26, 2017, when he failed to show up to fight Evander Holyfield.
The reason that he was on a serious national assignment given by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to the guests at Landmark Event Centre on Victoria Island Annex (Lagos) annoyed many who had eagerly awaited the charity event.
By 9 pm, the audience was still assured that the pillar of democracy and national leader of All Progressives Congress was on his way.
But by 10:30, news that he was not coming was relayed. And the referee, Prof. Wole Soyinka, had to jokingly disqualify Holyfield for not being tested before he mounted the ring.
Insiders revealed that the primaries for local government elections slated for the next day (Saturday, May 27) kept him busy and away from the anticipated boxing match.
Negotiations on how to hold peaceful primaries for the 39 areas was being discussed (as 18 have consensus candidates who only spent one term were already finalised out of the 57 areas in Lagos). By past 10, there were still disagreements about the best methods to use in choosing the chairmanship candidates of the ruling party.
And Tinubu had to forget about the boxing match.
The Saturday primaries eventually ended in violence as delegates refused to accept concensus candidates for the 39 other areas as well.
Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi (in charge of the primaries for the party) was stripped and harassed, and had to be ferried out of the Teslim Balogun Stadium (Surulere) venue.