Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has revealed why he did not attend a meeting of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-West region.
Naija News reports that 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 State to discuss topical national issues.
The APC leaders had backed Southern governors’ open grazing ban, call for restructuring, state policing, amongst others.
However, the absence of Governor Akeredolu and his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, raised eyebrows.
Giving reasons for his absence in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu said he was absent due to lack of timeous communication.
The Ondo governor however stated that he supported the resolutions reached at the meeting. He attributed his
According to the statement, “Governor Akeredolu would have loved to be present at the meeting for several reasons. Far more important, the issues distilled bordered on the Southern Governors’ Asaba Declaration. However, a slight mix-up and communication gap had caused his unintended absence even as an earlier engagement had been fixed for Ibadan weeks before the meeting.
“Nonetheless, the resolutions reached by the revered leaders at the Lagos meeting are quite commendable and timely; the issues discussed are germane, and are clear indications that men of goodwill are working together to solve the Nation’s current challenges.
“As one of the leaders of the APC in the Southwest, and more so that, he presided over the Asaba meeting of the Southern Governors, nothing could be more spirit-lifting than the outcome of the Lagos meeting on Sunday. He, therefore, endorses all the resolutions reached by the leaders who attended the meeting.”