- Governor Fayemi has debunked the reports claiming he took Giadom to President Buhari to get him recognised as APC acting national chairman
- The Ekiti state governor said he met with the president and the chief of staff alongside his colleague governors
- Fayemi accused Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to the president on political matters, of sponsoring the reports
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The governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has reacted to the media reports claiming he was barred from meeting President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night, June 23.
The Ekiti state governor debunked the report which was originally published by The Nation, saying it was sponsored by Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to the president on political matters.
The report had claimed that Fayemi took the factional acting national chairman of the APC to the Aso Villa so that the president can endorse him for the position. It, however, said the attempt failed as Fayemi was alleged barred from seeing the president.
In a statement released by his media aide, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi accused Ojudu of blackmail, saying he was the one who sponsored the report.
Fayemi also explained his side of the story. The Ekiti state governor said he had met with Buhari earlier, alongside three of his colleague governors.
He added that he later went to the presidential villa to meet with Ibrahim Gambari, President Buhari's chief of staff, not the president. Fayemi also said he did not go with Giadom.
He urged Nigerians to ignore the story, saying it is an “highly illogical concoction”.
Recall that Ojudu and the Ekiti state government had earlier engaged in a war of words over Governor Fayemi's alleged poor performance.
Ojudu had said that all indicators of good governance in the last two years of Fayemi were in the negative mode.
However, Fayemi's special assistant on media and public communication Segun Dipe, swiftly reacted to Ojudu's statement describing it as a ruse and calculated attempt to distract the ‘workaholic governor’.
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Meanwhile, after weeks of internal fighting in the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Buhari has finally made his position known by backing Victor Giadom as acting national chairman of the party.
This was disclosed in a tweet by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Wednesday, June 24. According to Shehu, the president would attend the virtual meeting called by Giadom on Thursday, June 25.
Garba Shehu said the president took the position after receiving convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the party is concerned.
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