Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi yesterday said he was still consulting with the stakeholders on his presidential ambition whether to contest the presidential ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC) The Trumpet gathered.
Fayemi during his visitation to the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said he might become an aspirant depending on the totality of the consultation he is conducting.
The Trumpet learnt that Fayemi also visited the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi and Former Afenifere leader and Chief Reuben Fasonranti on his presidential aspiration.
Recall that The Trumpet had reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday, visited the governor and chieftains of the party on their presidential ambition.
Governor Fayemi said he came to the process with an extensive wealth of experience, being someone who has always been involved in the struggle to right wrongs in the country as a student union activist and as a pro-democracy activist.
While noting that the country needed an experienced leader capable of improving and walking on the developmental structure of President Muhammadu Buhari, Fayemi said he has all the essential qualities needed to lead the country.
“As a leading light in the civil society movement and subsequently as governor, minister, chairman of all the governors in Nigeria, I believe I have the requisite experience to understand the enormity and the complexity of the Nigerian challenge and offer a fresh perspective on how to take the country forward.
“Our country has witnessed significant developments; we have made a lot of strides under President Muhammadu Buhari but the job is not yet finished. The job still has additional aspects to be addressed. And Nigerians will want somebody with experience, knowledge, competence, capacity, energy, and above all courage.
“Someone with the courage to do what is right and that is what has brought me in consultation to Ondo State. You of course know that I’m from Ondo State, there is no debate about that. Yes, there may be seclusion for administrative convenience between Ondo and Ekiti states, but we are one.”
He said his responsibility was to be a bridge-builder, saying that was the role he played as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, as well as being involved alongside other governors in the struggle for a better western Nigeria and a better Nigeria.
” For us, in western Nigeria, we believe in equity, fairness, justice, we believe in those things that would make Nigeria a better place regardless of where any of us may come from.
” If you follow closely, you will see me in all parts of this country trying to douse one fire or the other, trying to complement the efforts of my brothers the governors in all those different parts.
“And that has given me greater insight into the challenges that our people are experiencing and of course greater knowledge of the peculiarities of different communities and constituencies to be able to apply myself and the knowledge and the contact that I have across the length and breadth of our country and globally.
“That is why I’m in Ondo State to consult with Mr Governor and to seek his wise counsel on this journey.”
Speaking, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu wished the Ekiti state Governor well during his consultations and thanked him and his entourage.