Following the meeting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had with South-West Governors on Thursday in the Aso Rock Villa, the Chairman of the governors, Rotimi Akeredolu, who leads the ‘Operation Amotekun movement’ has disclosed some of the details of their meeting details with newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akerodolu (SAN), who led the governors on Friday on the meeting with Osinbajo, to discuss on the establishment of ‘Operation Amotekun’ said governours of the South-West will soon meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, to further explain their intentions of the establishment of the security group.
He further stated that their meeting was rescheduled because some of its members had travelled abroad, and that also President Muhammadu Buhari is also out of the country for another crucial meeting.
He said, “We will discuss with him when we have the opportunity. I can tell you our letter was to see the President, that we wanted to see him and discuss with him but he said he was going to be in England because of time, why don’t we meet with the Vice President until he returns but by the time the Vice President asked us to come, most of our colleagues too were in the UK.
“They were coming back yesterday (Thursday) that was why he fixed the meeting for yesterday (Thursday) because a few of my colleagues who were in the UK came back, some of them, Ogun and Lagos couldn’t return but they sent their deputies.
“The President will hear us. He is a person that understands us anyway, we will explain to him when we meet.”
Akeredolu while reacting to claims that the South-West Governors has not made known their intention from the onset to the Federal Government before establishing the security outfit, respond and said that the governors had believed that their earlier meetings with the Inspector General of Police on the matter establishment of ‘Operation Amotekun’ were well represented.
“Our understanding was that if we have discussions with the Inspector General of Police, it was representative enough for the Federal Government.
“When my brother Governor, John Fayemi Kayode met and had discussions with the IGP on our behalf, he was not opposed to it but it was the reactions (which trailed Abubakar Malami’s comments) that he said ah, what are they trying to do. We just told them that the (public)reaction was to what the AGF said not to what we are doing. We were able to sort it out,” He said.
Speaking further, Akeredolu said; “What some of us governors are saying is that we must have our party as an institution and build it on known parameters. Known, it is not that you go to one state and say go and use direct, you go to another state it is indirect, no! There must be uniformity so that everybody will know, yes, in our party, we have this. When we had it in the last set of elections, it gave a lot of problems.”