Fayose pays unscheduled visit to Oni

Says ‘it’s just a courtesy visit to Ekiti leader’

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Sunday paid a surprise visit to a former governor of the state and the Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni, at his home in Ifaki-Ekiti.

Fayose, who visited Oni at about 2:30p.m., had his Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, in tow.

Explaining the visit of the governor, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said “he and Segun Oni had a useful discussion in which Governor Fayose said that a governor is the leader of all.”

According to Adelusi, Fayose had said “there is a difference between leadership and politics. To me, Ekiti comes first and every leader willing to make Ekiti first, I will visit him. I am the governor of the state and everybody is my subject.”

He said: “My visit to Segun Oni has nothing to do with politics. When it comes to how to move Ekiti forward, we must firstly remove our political garments.”

Oni had said that he was “overwhelmed with the visit”, which he said was brotherly.

“It is a brotherly visit. I am happy for that. It is a welcome development and good for Ekiti State. We are both leaders of the state,” Oni had said.

Shortly after he was sworn-in as governor in October 2014, Fayose had restored the portrait of former Governor Oni at the governor’s office, which had earlier been removed by former Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration.