The Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has clarified that his visit to a former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has nothing to do with the 2023 election.
Akeredolu made this assertion while speaking on an Arise TV programme, on Sunday, September 19.
He said he was in London to see Tinubu and he was sure that the rumours flying around on the social media was not true.
Akeredolu said he Tinubu was expected to return to the country soon; so as to meet with him and be able to take certain critical decisions.
Asked if he will support Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the party in 2023, Akeredolu said, “APC is a party. APC will decide who the candidate will be. I have said it several times. I’m going nowhere. If I leave APC, I am going back to my chamber. For me, whatever APC decides, I will follow.
“We went to London because it was important for us to go and see for ourselves. How he’s doing. He’s the capon for us here. But the time he comes; we can make some serious decisions.”
Akeredolu also promised to appoint more commissioners to his cabinet next month.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Spokesman who confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday, September 19, in Abuja, said the president gave the directive on the NNPC in his capacity as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
According to him, this is in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.
The act requires the Minister of Petroleum Resources to call for the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months of the commencement of the Act in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the company.
“The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kolo Kyari, has, therefore, been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021,” he said.