A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has explained why he stayed away from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South-West leaders’ meeting to reconcile him with Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde.
The meeting which was held at the Oyo State Government House, Ibadan had in attendance Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Segun Oni, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, Makinde and other party stalwarts.
Fayose, his loyalists and some PDP leaders in Oyo State, who are backing Dr Eddy Olafeso’s bid to return as the National Vice-Chairman, South West, of the PDP were absent at the meeting.
When contacted, Fayose’s media aide, Mr Lere Olayinka, said although the former governor wanted to attend the meeting, his loyalists said they would not sit on the same table with Makinde, because of his utterances and actions.
Olayinka said, “Fayose did not attend the meeting. Those invited from the other side said they were not going to be part of the meeting. They said they did not want to go to the Government House or sit on the same table with Governor Makinde.
“The impression as at Wednesday was that the meeting would be shifted, but I believe Governor Wike just came to attend it for formality sake.
“One thing is that nothing can be achieved without the other side at the meeting.”