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General News of Wednesday, 4 May 2022


Kayode Fayemi announces presidential ambition

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This follows an event held on Wednesday, May 4 where he officially informed party members and electorates about his vision for the country.

Yinka Oyebode, his chief press secretary, said on Tuesday, May 3 that Fayemi’s decision to contest the 2023 presidential election follows “extensive consultations across the geo-political zones” in the last six weeks.

He said Fayemi had discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari, and “sought counsel, guidance and support” from traditional and political leaders across states in the country.

“Remarkably, Dr Fayemi kick-started the consultation in Owo, Ondo State, where he met with the Olowo of Owo, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye. Thereafter, Dr Fayemi met with Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, (who was his Secondary School principal) and other leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, including Chief Olu Falae and Chief Cornelius Adebayo in Akure, Ondo State capital,” the statement reads.

“The Afenifere leaders did a frank assessment of current trends in the country and concluded that the country needs a leader, a democrat with character, courage and compassion at this critical period. They scored Dr Fayemi high on these points and gave their blessings for his aspiration.”

Fayemi was also said to have met with traditional rulers in Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Ogun states.

“Dr Fayemi’s consultation train later moved to the palace of Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe; King (Dr) Dandeson Douglas Jaja, of the Opobo Kingdom and Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers. He also visited and had talks with the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Mohammed Jega during the Sallah holiday and both leaders respectively expressed their admiration for his personality and capacity as a bridge builder and lover of peace,” he added.

“He had earlier held a major meeting with members of Ekiti State Traditional Council in Ado-Ekiti, with over 110 Obas in attendance. The Ekiti Obas who were excited at the possibility of one of their sons becoming the next President of the country, pledged their unalloyed support for Dr Fayemi’s presidential bid.”

According to Oyebode, Fayemi’s engagements with political and traditional leaders went on side by side with consultations with his counterparts, especially those elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“As at date, he has conferred with and shared his vision with no fewer than 20 of the 22 APC governors, in the consultation process that is expected to run till the party’s primaries, later in the month,” Oyebode said.

“The NGF Chairman said the engagements with the traditional rulers and political leaders provided an avenue to share and listen to their perspectives on the ideal approaches to building a united country based on justice, freedom, equity and the rule of law.