The Minister of Mines and Steel Development and Ekiti State Governorship Aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has denied reports that he stormed out of a meeting of the party’s South West leaders with the Ekiti State governorship aspirants in Abuja on Tuesday.
DAILY POST recalls that Fayemi on Tuesday reportedly walked out of the meeting between the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Tinubu and other aspirants and party leaders.
He was reported to have ignored journalists who approached him on his way out of the venue.
Some of the party leaders in attendance were: Pioneer chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; Former Ogun Governor, Segun Osoba; Former Ekiti Governor, Niyi Adebayo and zonal vice chairman of the APC in the south-west, Pius Akinyelure.
Reacting, the Minister in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, said he only left the venue after he took permission from the leaders.
The statement read in part “The Minister said that contrary to misleading media reports and social media posts purporting that he walked out of the meeting, he only left the venue, like other attendees, at the end of the meeting.
“There was no basis for the minister to storm out of the meeting which was called by the leaders to proffer way forward for the party, in the face of the rescheduled Ekiti governorship primary.
“The Minister could not make the second part of the meeting when it reconvened later in the evening, having earlier taken permission from the leaders to attend another meeting.
“It is thus worrisome and highly embarrassing reading reports of purported ‘walk out’ on our leaders when nothing like that actually took place.
“We implore well-meaning members of the society and members of our great party to disregard the misleading reports.”