The queue of presidential aspirants under the umbrella of All Progressives Congress keeps growing with Governor of Ekiti State and former Minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi, the latest entrant.
Fayemi declared his intention to run for the seat of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Wednesday during which he unveiled his agenda for the country.
According to the governor, after considering where the nation is, he believes his entry into the race will rebirth a new Nigeria.
He said, After careful consideration of where we are as a nation…I believe that my entry into the race will offer Nigerians the opportunity to examine competing visions for national rebirth. ”
He said it has been his singular honour to have been an active part at various times with other committed compatriots labouring from various works of life, labouring with determination towards rapid and sustained national progress.
“Dear compatriots, it is in the spirit of this abiding faith in our country and the promise of its unfinished greatness that I stand before you today in total humility and in all sense of responsibility solemnly declare to all within our party and Nigerians at large my decision to accept my name to be put forward for consideration by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership and membership as our party’s standard-bearer in the upcoming contest for a successor to our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari”.
The former Minister said the decision to run was not one he took lightly but had made several consultations before arriving making his intentions known.
“This is not a decision which I have taken lightly, to arrive at this point I carried out a long and deep self-introspection with the help of my wife Bisi, and other family members, my friends, my political associates, and members of our great party,” he said.
Fayemi who was a coordinator of the Progressives Governors Forum and a two-time Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum said he has been privileged to witness firsthand the underlined commitment and sense of solidarity that Nigerians from all parts of our country share about the promise of our fatherland.
Fayemi is believed to be among the governors who are known to enjoy the confidence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Many believe that whoever the president decides to back among the presidential aspirants would be the ruling party’s candidate in 2023 general election.