Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State governor, who also doubles as chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, has had his application for an entry visa to the United State denied.
Huhuonline.com understands that the Governor had applied for a visa to enable him to lead the NGF delegation to a health summit with philanthropists and owners of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, in Seattle, Washington.
US Embassy has remained mute on why Dr. Fayemi visa application was not granted, but, USCIS sources who did want their name in print informed our correspondent that the decision not to grant entry visa to the governor has to do with "undemocratic tendencies" exhibited by the former minister of solid mineral during the last gubernatorial elections in Ekiti state.
It would be recalled that leading up to the last elections, the US government warned that anyone involved in election rigging will be denied visas to the US.
Asked why Dr. Kayode Fayemi does not currently have a US visa, Bello-Barkindo, NGF spokesman said, “Fayemi, like every other Nigerian citizen intending to visit the U.S., applied for a visa, attended his interview and was requested to pay the statutory visa acceptance fee by the U.S. Consulate.
“The Governor’s visa application was not denied.
“Anyone conversant with U.S. Visa application procedure knows that applicants are now routinely taken through administrative processing before visas are issued.
“When the American Embassy indicated that the visa may not be ready by Friday, Nov. 8, Fayemi retrieved his passport because of a crucial speaking engagement at the AfDB Africa Investment Forum in South Africa on Monday, Nov. 11.
“It is imperative to mention here that the NGF Chairman, Fayemi, only just returned from the U.S. where he attended the United Nation’s General Assembly where the NGF organized a high-level side meeting on the 27th of September 2019,”