The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, has denied that a former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has been endorsed by the All Progressives Congress as the party’s leader in Oyo State.
According to a statement of the Ekiti Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Wednesday following the controversy generated by Alao-Akala’s claim of his endorsment by the national leadership.
The Unity Forum of the APC had in a statement on Tuesday also faulted the same claim by the former Governor.
Fayemi also said his meeting with the leaders of the party in Oyo State over the weekend was not to confer leadership on Alao-Akala but an assignment by the national leadership, led by the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The statement by Oyebode reads thus:
Governor Kayode Fayemi was on an assignment on behalf of the National Reconciliation Committee of the APC in charge of the Oyo State crisis.
Governor Akala emerged as Chairman of the Party’s Advisory Council with other distinguished personalities like former Deputy Governors, Iyiola Oladokun and Alake Adeyemo together with the Party Chairman, Akin Oke as members.
They emerged as automatic members by virtue of being the highest elected office holders in the party.
Other Senatorial districts – Oyo South and Oyo Central are to nominate three members each on the advisory council.
The main responsibility of the advisory committee is to help oversee the activities of the party through registration.
At no point was any leader chosen at the Ibadan meeting.
Fayemi has reported back to the National Headquarters the outcome of the meeting of party stakeholders in Ibadan.
Gov Fayemi was only a representative of the reconciliation committee.
At no time at the meeting or thereafter was any leader foisted on the state.