Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said his absence at the All Progressives Party (APC) Southwest leaders meeting which took place in Lagos on Sunday was due to mix-up.
Fayemi and his Akure State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu were the only governors from the Southwest absent at the meeting held at the Lagos residence of APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In a statement the Ekiti State governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode released, his absence was attributed to the invitation sent out for the meeting.
The statement reads in part: “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.”