Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, said that only God knows what his political future holds in the 2023 General elections.
Fayemi made this known when he spoke on THISDAY Live, an interview programme on Arise Television.
Recall that Fayemi’s Presidential campaign posters had gone viral in August 2020 and had sparked public debate on various social media platforms regarding the possibility of his candidacy in the 2023 Presidential election.
The sponsor of the posters and Chairman of Ikere Council area of Ekiti State, Femi Ayodele, had said he did the posters, with the campaign message, ‘Support His Excellency Dr John Kayode Fayemi for President 2023’ “to show my unalloyed and uncompromising loyalty to Governor Fayemi” to dispel speculations that he is working against him.
However, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode, had said that his principal did not know anything about the posters.
“The sponsor is merely expressing a personal opinion,” he had said.
Ayodele was later directed to “step aside” by the Ekiti State House of Assembly over alleged unauthorised viral campaign poster seeking support for Fayemi’s Presidential ambition.
Therefore, when asked whether he would be running for President in 2023, Fayemi said, “I have a job to do; I want to finish well as Governor of Ekiti State, I want to do more to put Ekiti on the pedestal of growth and development in the period that is left for me in office.
“What the future holds, God’s knows, but we will cross that bridge when we get there. For now, my primary responsibility is Ekiti State.”
The Governor also predicted victory for his party, the All Progressives Congress, in 2023.
He said: “Contentions are always going to happen. APC is a big party with different tendencies and there will be contentions for and against. We are very confident that this party will produce the next government in this country in 2023 but before we get there, we are more focused on the country now. The party is more interested in the stability and security of Nigeria. What is happening internally is something we will resolve internally.”
With the 2023 elections fast approaching, there have been political posturings and permutations as to the next Presidential candidate of the APC and opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
The 17 Southern Governors including Fayemi had also demanded that the next President should emerge from Southern Nigeria after the eight-year regime of the incumbent, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who is from Katsina State, North-West Nigeria.