The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, John Kayode Fayemi, has spoken on his relationship with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bolaji Tinubu.
Fayemi was reacting to a report that the once chummy relationship between him and Tinubu has strained at a point and even lingered after that.
Speaking in an interview with Sun, the former governor of Ekiti State said there were no issues between him and the former Lagos governor.
According to the Minister, “Normal news don’t sell. And what I mean is, news that is not sensational, not excitable and all that. What sells is negative news.
“Asiwaju and I have no problem. What you defined as chummy is not less chummy except for the fact that Asiwaju tends to spend considerable amount of time outside of Nigeria now than he used to at that period you referred to.
“And also I have a responsibility to the Nigerian nation. Asiwaju is one person who understands what this job entails.
“He has been involved at the highest level so he knows that out of sight is not always out of mind.
“And we too cannot accuse him of forgetting us because he is attending to maybe his business interest or other interest by working round the clock outside the country.
“I don’t think people should read meaning into what is not. Frankly Asiwaju is somebody of repute in our party.
“Asiwaju is somebody-those of us that are close to him have the highest regard for and that’s not going to change by the vicissitudes of political life and even if it ever got to a point of any disagreement, Asiwaju is one person I know who cherishes robust debates.
“It’s natural for people who don’t have any story to hold on to speculate, to conjecture, to assume that some things are not right. But to me there’s no story there.”