Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday advanced reasons why his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr Kayode Fayemi, was absent when Southwest governors visited Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He said Fayemi was engaged in an official assignment and had to catch a scheduled flight to Port Harcourt.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akeredolu and other Southwest governors on Tuesday visited Tinubu at his Bourdilon, Ikoyi, residence in Lagos, on a courtesy visit since his return to the country.
In a statement, signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Akeredolu, Richard Olatunde, on Wednesday in Akure, the chairman of the forum said that the governor’s clarification became necessary due to various insinuations and reactions in the media.
Akeredolu explained that Fayemi was with them at the Southwest Governors’ Forum meeting held earlier at Lagos House, Marina, but had to leave to catch a late flight to Port Harcourt where he was a guest speaker at the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference dinner.
“He sent his apologies and good wishes to Asiwaju. The rest of us who visited Asiwaju’s residence tendered same and extended Fayemi’s good wishes,” Akeredolu said.
Akeredolu said the visit was to show their love for the former Lagos State Governor and wish him well after his return to the country.