Fayemi tackles Ojudu over ‘fabricated report’ on visit to Buhari
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, accused Babafemi Ojudu, the president's special adviser for political affairs, of blackmail.
The governor was reacting to a report in a national newspaper stating that Fayemi had visited the presidential village of Abuja to conquer Victor Giadom's President Muhammadu Buhari, deputy national secretary of the Congress of All Progressives (APC).
The report said the visit was in vain as "the two were unable to see Buhari despite vigorous attempts."
Shortly after the report was released, Buhari approved Giadom as the party's interim national president.
In a statement Wednesday, Yinka Oyebode, a Fayemi spokesman, said the report was fabricated and sponsored by Ojudu, who works in Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's office to tarnish the governor's reputation.
He said Fayemi was silent about the crisis that was shaking the party, adding that his comments were based on the position of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) which he directs.
Oyebode said that Fayemi had already met Buhari, along with three of his colleagues.
He said the governor then visited the presidential village to meet Ibrahim Gambari, the head of the presidential cabinet, adding that he was not with Giadom.
He called on the Nigerians to ignore the story, saying it is a "very illogical mix".
"The public's attention is drawn to a misleading post ... with the title" Fayemi's Failed Mission to Villa with Giadom ", published in the online edition ... Wednesday 24 June 2020" read in the statement.
"The falsehood, which we collect reliably, was fabricated by a high-ranking assistant to the Presidency and a former senator, Babafemi Ojudu, and planted in the newspaper The Nation, after some correspondents from the Chamber rejected it for rejecting the ex senator for deception and mischievous history
"It was reported that Senator Ojudu, in his desperate attempt to dirty Governor Fayemi, had told his close associates that he would fight Governor Fayemi, who is also president of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) with falsehood and blackmail. his nefarious attempt to destabilize APC in Ekiti state.
"For clarity, it is important to state that the nation's report was clearly misleading, designed to criticize Governor Fayemi's person and create the impression that the NGF president was an unwanted visitor to the Villa." The largely baseless relationship was filled with unexplained infantile biliary fury that meant nothing, as a story fit only for tabloids.
"In clarifying things, we unequivocally declare that Governor Fayemi had no plan or reason to see the president Tuesday afternoon as maliciously presented in the nation's report. The governor had previously seen the president at noon in the Company of three of his colleagues: the governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Governor Simon Lalong (plateau) and Governor Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa). The president's chief of staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and the honorable attorney general of Federation, Abubakar Malami.
"Governor Fayemi was in the village later in the afternoon to see COS and the Chief of Protocol (SCOP). The governor of Ekiti state was never denied the opportunity to see President Buhari, since he did not ask. to see the president and did not even go to the boss Giadom.
"Governor Fayemi's position in the PCA crisis has consistently been to summarize his views on the position of the Progressive Governors Forum as expressed by the President. He has not spoken of the party crisis in any public forum, but continues to urge all members and party lovers exercise restraint and support the party leader, President Mohammadu Buhari and other leaders eager for a resolution to give peace a chance. "
When TheCable sought Ojudu's reaction to Fayemi's accusations, he said, "This is untrue. It is not worth answering." In Socrates' words "when the argument is lost, slander becomes the loser's tool".
Meanwhile, Buhari will attend the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that Giadom has scheduled for Thursday.