Former Osun State Governor, Chief Bisi Akande, has held a closed-door meeting with the incumbent governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola, and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola.
Also in attendance at the meeting was a former Secretary to Osun State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti.
Pictures purportedly taken after the meeting were share on the Facebook page of Ismail Omipidan, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Oyetola.
Omipidan, in a post that accompanied the pictures, wrote, “To celebrate the New Year, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, Governor, The State of Osun, and his predecessor and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, were at Ila, the country home of a foremost political leader, Chief Bisi Akande, yesterday (Wednesday).
“After the merriment, the trio spent quality time, for four and a half hours, to be precise, discussing state matters.”
Sources privy to what transpired at Akande’s country home in Ila told our correspondent that the meeting was not actually planned, but it held upon request by Osun State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, ‘Gboyega Famoodun.
Oyetola and Aregbesola, it was learnt, arrived at Akande’s house at different times to pay homage to him in the New Year.
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, and ex-SSG, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, who left the APC to contest the last governorship election on the platform of Action Democratic Party, it was also gathered, were also in Ila to greet Akande.
A source told our correspondent that the APC chairman, Famoodun, openly implored Akande to meet Oyetola and Aregbesola since both men were around.
Acting on Famoodun’s request, Akande, it was learnt, told Oyetola and Aregbesola to proceed to a room where they held a meeting for about four and a half hours.
It was also gathered that Adeoti was later called into the meeting and when the men came out, they did not address journalists.
When contacted for reaction, an aide to Akande, Lani Baderinwa, said a meeting with both Oyetola and Aregbesola in attendance actually held in Ila on Wednesday.
Baderinwa said even though he was not privy to the details of what was discussed, he noted that “Baba Akande as an elderly person, part of what I believe he would ask them will be about the rumour of strained relationship between the two leaders.”
“I know the two of them, having worked closely with Baba (Akande) for years, they would open up to him if there was anything and they would have resolved whatever differences (they had),” he said.
When contacted for reaction, Kayode Agbaje, media aide to Adeoti, said unnecessary political meaning should not be adduced to his principal’s visit to Akande.
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Agbaje said, “It was a harmless visit. No political meaning should be read to Adeoti’s visit to his leader.”