Fayemi: Tinubu going through health challenges; it’ll be wrong not to visit him
Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said he visited ailing APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in London in August because it was the right thing to do.
He said that the trip, which he embarked on with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, had nothing to do with the 2023 presidential election as alleged in some quarters.
Fayemi, who doubles as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), stated this in a Sunday interview with Arise News.
“He (Akeredolu) and I were in London together to see our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, but it had absolutely nothing to do with 2023 presidential plans whatsoever. That’s not the reason why we went there.
“Asiwaju had surgery; it is simply proper etiquette or behaviour both in the part of the country where I come from but also generally that when a friend and elder is undergoing health challenges, it would be improper on your part not to show solidarity and support.
“That is simply what took us there; we wanted to associate ourselves with him at a time of need and as an elder, as a mentor and as a big figure in our political party, nothing wrong in paying him a courtesy visit to check on him to see how he was faring and we did that and we returned.
“It has nothing to do with 2023; let me make that absolutely clear,” Fayemi said.
The Ekiti governor is one of no fewer than 30 top political leaders to have visited Tinubu in London in recent times.
President Muhammadu Buhari; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje; and Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun among others have also visited the former Lagos governor.