Two former governors of Ekiti State, Otumba Niyi Adebayo and Segun Oni were among 62 leading members of the All Progressives Congress, who met in Abuja, on Tuesday, as part of moves to re-position the state chapter of the party.
The four-hour-long meeting which was held at the instance of the APC Deputy National Vice Chairman (South), Segun Oni, was held at the party’s National Headquarters.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Adebayo who was flanked by Oni said the meeting was convened to reconcile members who for one reason or another left the party.
According to him, the meeting has provided the needed tonic for the state chapter of the party to reinvent and re-position itself to provide leadership for the long suffering people of the state.
Adebayo said, ” We held a meeting of ( APC) stakeholders of Ekiti State as you are all aware, we had issues with some of our members leaving to go and contest the 2015 election under different platforms.
“We have met today and I can say categorically that, finally, all the issues that separated us at the time, have been resolved and we are one big happy family now.”
Responding to a question on absence of the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Adebayo explained that the Minister sent his apologies noting that he was meeting with members of the National Assembly with regards to issues bordering on the 2016 budget of his ministry.
Adebayo who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, also expressed displeasure over the state of affairs in their home state.
He noted the Ayodele Fayose-led Peoples Democratic Party administration has turned Ekiti State into a pariah state adding that the airport project is not only a misplacement of priority, but a waste of scarce resources.
Speaking in a similar vein, a former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele said the meeting provided an opportunity for progressives in Ekiti State to come together and chart a new course for the state.
He said, the meeting was not about any individual but about Ekiti, Nigeria and the kind of politics we should all be playing.
Bamidele said the past was in the past and that the stakeholders were united in the quest to give Ekiti a better deal because the people deserve better.