The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday met with his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, in what could be termed, a surprise visit.
Apart from belonging to different political parties – Fayose who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has always castigated the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which happens to be Rauf Aregbesola’s party. Both parties have been on a locker head with each other.
The two men were locked in a warm embrace for a while, before taking their seats.
Aregbesola in his words, said: “Osoko has said that he is not going to leave his party, but the reality today is that PDP has served its term in Nigeria. When a horse is dead, it is either you abandon it or you bury it,” he said.
“I want my good friend and brother to know that PDP has exhausted its stay in Nigeria, it can no longer be revived, let us look at a political party that will give hope to our people. Opposition must be for a purpose, I stand by you on the unity of Yoruba land and that our leaders not put down in the country.
“The war is over, we are in a season of mobilising our people to agriculture and produce such that we will economically have the strength to give leadership to the Nation and Africa. Our energy must be directed at bringing human and physical development, we have enough in this region to give leadership.”
However, Fayose, who expressed his gratitude at the meeting, debunked claims that he was at the meeting to ask his Osun counterpart to help him beg President Buhari. In his words, he said: “This is my first official visit to any APC state in Nigeria. I am not in Osogbo to ask Aregbesola to help me beg as being speculated in some quarters. We are all Yoruba, politics is like water, it can flow anywhere,” he said.
“I believe in the Yoruba race, the race comes first before the office of the governor. The race is eternal while that of governor is momentary. We must watch today to be guided by tomorrow. I am here for the unity of Yoruba as it affect the Oodua, the progenitor.”
“My interest is the unity of the Yoruba nation and that’s why I am here. I was moved by the historic visit of the Ooni of Ife to the Alaafin of Oyo and I am of the opinion that Yoruba leaders must unite”.
“The Yoruba nation must not be rubbished. Our leaders must not be rubbished irrespective of the political party they belong to”.
Titi Laoye Tomori, Osun state deputy governor; Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun, were also at the meeting.