The Minister of Mines and Steel Development and immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has reminded Nigerians to which extent the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo can operate in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fayemi, who stated this while playing host to certain prominent members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from Ekiti State in his office on Tuesday, categorically maintained that the Ag. President cannot hire or fire anybody based on the restrictions surrounding his presidency.
He added that, “Even though we are having someone presently occupying the seat of the president, Nigerians should not quickly ignore the fact that we are still having a living president. He may be critically ill, yet we pray for his quick recovery.
“It baffles me each time some disgruntled Nigerians suggest cabinet reshuffle for the Acting President on the social media, targeting the Minister of Power, Works and Housing and former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and myself, as if we were both handpicked by the roadsides without following due processes and full consultation of the law.
“Those who care to know should have the understanding that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a cool headed legal icon who knows what is right and wrong, and who will never join the beer parlour decisions of those who hold diluted beliefs in the fact that some of us closer to the President were working against the Asiwaju of our time, Senator Bola Tinubu.”
Fayemi extolled Tinubu and described him as a leader per excellence. He said the leadership of the APC cannot be completed without the mentioning of the name of former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; advising those feuding the ember of discord to seek cautions and be realistic.
Lamenting on the reactions of Nigerians about the health status of the Mr. President, Fayemi said it was obvious that majority, mainly from the opposition wanted the president dead. He expressed great disappointment in such as he described the act as devilish anticipation.
He urged the Acting President to do everything within the ambit of the law, adding that he should not be too flexible with the policies of the President Buhari-led administration; stating the needs why such policies must be strictly implemented to the joint credit of the Buhari-led administration.
Speaking with one Mr. Adeparusi amidst the party loyalists who visited the minister shortly after the close door meeting, The Newswatch gathered that the visit has to do with the death rumour of the Mr. President, which they have come to hear from the horse’s mouth as their number leader in Ekiti.
They were also of the opinion that the visit cannot be disconnected from the run up to the gubernatorial election coming up in Ekiti next year, 2018, ascertaining the fact that the imperative roles of the minister as the leader of the party in the state cannot be underestimated, part of which had necessitated the impromptu visit.