Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has explained the reason for his absence at a meeting of leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the South-West.
The APC leaders had on Sunday met in Lagos to discuss national issues.
The meeting had in attendance the APC National leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Bisi Akande, Olusegun Osoba; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, amongst others.
The leaders in a communique issued at the end of the meeting opposed the calls for separation of Nigeria, backed Southern governors’ open grazing ban, call for restructuring, state policing, amongst others.
Fayemi and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, were absent from the meeting.
A statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Monday, said Fayemi wholeheartedly supports the stance of APC leaders despite his absence at the meeting.
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.”