- The minister of solid minerals and steel development, Dr Kayode Fayemi has rebutted a report that made rounds recently
- Dr Fayemi denied statements credited to him disparaging former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
- The minister said he would never abuse or disrespect Tinubu
The minister of solid minerals and steel development, Dr Kayode Fayemi has rebutted a recent media report with the headline “Tinubu as a leader is responsible for his misfortunes, says Fayemi.”
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com by Fayemi's media aide, Olayinka Oyebode, the minister said Tinubu remained a leader he would continue to hold in high esteem.
Part of the statement read: “Dr Fayemi subscribes to the highest moral and ethical standard of the Yoruba and as such would not speak evil or seek to demean Asiwaju Tinubu or any of our respected leaders under no circumstance whatsoever.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Fayemi has always held and will continue to hold Asiwaju Tinubu in high esteem.
“The bond that exists between them dates back to decades of cordial relationship and no peddler of falsehood or group of blackmailers hiding under the guise of politics can put asunder.”
“The highly mischievous and malicious report is nothing but a tissue of lies. It must be stressed that Dr. Kayode Fayemi never granted any interview where he made disparaging comments about the person of our highly revered leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.”
Dr Fayemi was one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains who showed up alongside President Muhammadu Buhari at the grand finale of the party's governorship rally in Akure, Ondo state.
The presence of Buhari and the APC stalwarts confirmed the rumours of cracks in the ruling party.
Tinubu had refused to accept the emergence of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the party's gubernatorial candidate in the state.