Akeredolu reveals why Fayemi was absent during visit to Tinubu

Akeredolu reveals why Fayemi was absent during visit to Tinubu

Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has explained why his Ekiti counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, was absent during the governors’ visit to the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

This clarification was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to Akeredolu, Richard Olatunde, titled ‘Why Fayemi Was Absent During Our Visit To Asiwaju Tinubu’s Residence – Akeredolu’.

According to the Ondo Governor, Fayemi had to catch a flight to Port-Harcourt; for a Nigerian Bar Association event, hence his absence from the visit.

“Governor Fayemi was with us at the Southwest Governors’ Forum meeting held earlier at the Lagos House in Marina. He had to leave to catch a late flight to Portharcourt where he was billed to attend the NBA Conference dinner.

“He sent his apology to Asiwaju as well as his good wishes. The rest of us who visited Asiwaju’s residence tendered the same; and extended Fayemi’s good wishes,” the statement quoted the Governor as saying.

Akeredolu had on Tuesday led South-West Governors to visit Tinubu at his Bourdilon-Ikoyi residence in Lagos state; after a meeting at the Lagos House, Marina.

Though Fayemi attended the meeting, Akeredolu stated that the Ekiti State Governor could be present at the visit due to his earlier scheduled appointment.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has accused politicians of fuelling crisis in his state.

He disclosed this on Tuesday, October 26, during Day Two of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja where participants had gathered to deliberate on the nation’s security, education, and politics.

According to Lalong, the governors of the 19 northern states are in full support of the creation of state police; to tackle the numerous security challenges facing their domain.

He noted that Plateau has long been known as a state of peace and tourism; before some political actors started creating problems in the state.

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“Plateau is codenamed the home of peace and tourism. Then all of a sudden, what happened? I will say also that part of it is the role of political actors,” he said.

“You see people bringing issues like ethnicity, religion-dominated issues; and so we were now beginning to see ourselves as enemies.

“If I am a Christian, I don’t want a Moslem to come near me or I belong to this tribe; I don’t want that tribe to come in.”

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