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I won’t attend Fayemi’s inauguration –Fayose

The governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said he won’t attend the inauguration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday because he has a date with the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The governor also advised members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to co-operate with Fayemi and work for the interest of the state.

Fayemi had, on Wednesday, said he had invited Fayose and was expecting him to attend the swearing-in on Tuesday.

But speaking at the state press conference in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, Fayose said he might play into the hands of his enemies if he fails to report at the EFCC office.

He said, “If I should attend the programme, some politicians might use the chance to harass me, even when they are not sent by Fayemi.

“This will further destroy (our) relationship. Issues between me and Fayemi are not personal. I have been cooperating with the committee set up by Fayemi on this transition

“Again, I have to be in EFCC office in Abuja on Tuesday. But, let me say clearly that I am ready to appear before any panel set up by incoming government to probe my administration,” he said.

Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says he has forgiven his former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, wholeheartedly, describing him as “president-to-be.”

Obasanjo said this while addressing journalists after the closed-door meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate.

The meeting held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex.

Also at the meeting were the Bishop of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), David Oyedepo; Islamic cleric, Ahmed Gumi; and the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah.

They were in the meeting with Atiku and Obasanjo.

Obasanjo said that, based on what transpired at the meeting, he believed that Atiku now has “a contrite heart” and has shown remorse.

Obasanjo said of Atiku: “From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.”

“Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on a daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you,” Obasanjo added.

The ex-president noted that among all the presidential aspirants in the PDP, Atiku has the widest and greatest exposure, adding that he (Atiku) understands the economy better than the incumbent president.

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