The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has raised an eyebrow over Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s visit to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, in Ado Ekiti.
The party argued that the visit to Ekiti was a slight on the APC and a contempt for the party’s leadership in the state.
Aregbesola was in Ado Ekiti on Saturday on the invitation of Fayose for the 20th year anniversary of Ekiti State where he delivered a lecture entitled, “The imperative of unity.”
The governor at the event complained that the biting economic problem was such that in the whole of the South-West geopolitical zone, only Lagos State could stand on its own.
He canvassed regional integration and cooperation as well as the revival of agriculture as some of the steps to ameliorate the situation.
The APC expressed worry that Aregbesola at the event described Fayose as omoluabi and a hardworking governor who had turned around the fortunes of Ekiti State in terms of infrastructure.
It also cited social media reports which quoted Aregbesola as saying that “Fayose is a reliable person” and that in spite of political differences, he and Fayose shared many things in common, and that “sooner than later, there will be realignment of forces.”
The state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement on Monday stressed that the visit showed contempt into which the party and its leaders were held by the Osun governor after Fayose had inflicted severe pains on the APC members, some of whom had been languishing in jail for about two years for the offences they did not commit.