Why I am running for president – Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, on Wednesday declared his intention to run for the office of president in 2023.

The governor made his declaration before a gathering that includes government functionaries and traditional rulers.

Fayemi said he decided to put himself forward based on his “abiding faith in our country” and “its unfinished greatness.”

He said he hopes his name would be “put forward for consideration by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership as the standard-bearer in the upcoming contest as successor to our leader President Muhammadu Buhari.”

“Being coordinator of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) and two time chairman of the NGF, I have been privileged to witness first hand the underlying commitment and sense of solidarity which Nigerians from all parts of the country share about the promise of our fatherland,” he said.

“It has been my singular honour to have been an active part at various times with other compatriots from various walks of life labouring for a sustained national progress.

“This is not a decision in which I have taken lightly. To arrive at this point I carried out a deep and long self introspection with the help of my wife, Bisi, and other family members, and my friends.

“I have also traversed the length and breadth of our country to consult with out esteemed elder statesmen and women, traditional rulers, a cross section of party leaders and rank and file members of our party and various no partisan leaders of thought and opinion.

“I embarked on these outreach visits without any prior assumptions of what they will yield nor with any sense of personal entitlements.”

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