President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, Punch Metro reports.
Bakare arrived at the President’s office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja at about 2.30pm.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, was also sighted at the Presidential Villa on Friday.
Bakare left the premises alone at about 4pm. He told State House correspondents that he did not meet Buhari alongside Adeosun.
He explained that both of them only met at the Presidential Villa. He however did not disclose his mission to Aso Villa.
“Our meetings are not related. We met here,” Bakare simply said.
In a statement on Friday evening, Bakare also said that he and Adeosun did not meet with Buhari.
He said, “Honourable Minister Kemi Adeosun and I arrived at the Villa at different times. We met at the corridor. She went on to see someone else in the Villa and I went into a closed-door meeting with PMB (Buhari) alone to thank him for sending a powerful delegation to my mother’s home-going celebration (sic).
“This is the truth. The impression being created is as if she ran to me to speak to the President on her behalf. This impression is erroneous and false. I will appreciate that my side of the story is also published.”
Bakare was Buhari’s running mate when the President contested the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change.
He has however been criticising the present administration lately over its poor handling of the security challenges in some parts of the country.
Adeosun has been under the spotlight because of a report that her National Youth Service Corps’ exemption certificate was forged.
Many individuals and groups have been calling for her sacking and prosecution just as the NYSC said it was investigating the matter.
The Presidency has yet to speak on the matter since the report was published last week.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had on Wednesday told State House correspondents that it was wrong to say the government had not spoken on the matter.
He said since the NYSC, which was part of government had spoken, then the government had spoken on the matter.