Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, has stated that his absence at the meeting of the South-West Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday was not of his making.
Governor Fayemi said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Monday.
APC chieftains including Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, and Olusegun Osoba; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, amongst others, had met on Sunday in Lagos to discuss topical national issues.
According to Governor Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, there was a “mix-up” in correspondence as he never received the invitation to the meeting from its convener.
He, however, stated that he “wholeheartedly supports” the stance of APC leaders on the opposition to calls for secession, open grazing ban, as well as call for restructuring and state police,
The statement read: “Dr. Fayemi’s absence at the meeting was a result of a mix up in the invitation sent out for the meeting.
“For clarity, the invitation for the meeting which was said to have been sent via Whatsapp by Mr. Tunde Rahman, an aide to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, never got to Governor Fayemi.
“The absence of an invitation for the Southwest APC leaders meeting prevented the Governor from attending the meeting, as he was not aware.
“Governor Fayemi however sent an apology to the meeting through former Ekiti State Governor and Minister of Industries, Trade and Investments, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; as he was already scheduled to attend another engagement at the time he came to learn of the meeting.
“Governor Fayemi, as a true democrat and Southwest leader who is committed to the welfare of the people, is however in total support of the decisions reached by the Southwest leaders at the meeting which include an endorsement of the positions earlier adopted by the Southern Governors’ Forum on the ban on open grazing and the need for true federalism, among others.”