Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress from across Nigeria gathered in Akure, Ondo State, for the flag-off of the campaign of the party’s governorship candidate.

But some notable party leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari were absent.

TVC News Correspondent, Akin Ogunmola reports that Democracy Park in Akure, venue of the event was packed with APC members and their supporters in a carnival-like atmosphere.

The conspicuous absence of APC leaders such as President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some Southwest Governors expected by the people cast a shadow on the rally.

APC chieftains charged their party men and women to continue to work hard to ensure a convincing victory for their standard bearer in the poll which is about two weeks away.

The high point of the occasion was the presentation of the APC flag to Rotimi Akeredolu by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.