Fayemi Officially Joins 2023 Presidential Race

 

The Governor of Ekiti State and former Minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi has declared his intention to run for the seat of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This governor stated this on Wednesday unveiling his agenda for the country.

He said, after consideration of where the nation is, he believes his entry into the race will rebirth a new Nigeria.

‘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,” Fayemi said.

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”.

File photo of Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

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.

Doyin Okupe Withdraws From 2023 Presidential Race

Doyin Okupe announcing his withdrawal from contesting the 2023 Presidential election.

 

A former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, has announced his withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race to support the ambition of former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi.

He made the announcement on Wednesday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital during a press conference held at the Iwe Iroyin press center.

He said the decision was made in alignment with the directive of elders and urged other aspirants to team up with Peter Obi.

“In aligning myself with the wish of our elders and in the interest of equity and justice, I publicly admit that the 2023 political race must be conceded to the South-East; that is, the Igbos.

“I, therefore, now proclaim that I am, as I have said publicly several times, withdrawing from the presidential race and I am declaring my support for the best aspirant not only in Igboland, but in Nigeria as a whole.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I am not fanning the embers of division, rather I am by this action lightening the torch of unity by establishing political stability on the pillars of truth and justice upon which the Bible tells us that even the throne of the Almighty God is founded.”

Okupe called for the adherence to the principle and dictate of the zoning system and urged other presidential aspirants under the People’s Democratic Party to join the presidential aspiration of the former governor in the interest of fairness, justice, and equity.

Okupe was a former aide to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

He was also the former national publicity secretary of the National Republican Convention.

2023: Kogi State Lawmakers Endorse Yahaya Bello For Presidency

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
File photo of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

 

The Kogi State House of Assembly has asked Governor Yahaya Bello to contest for the position of the President of Nigeria in the 2023 presidential election.

The House in its plenary session on Wednesday said their decision for the endorsement was borne out of the outstanding performances of the Governor in the state.

The Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello while moving the motion said Governor Bello has transformed the state and rid the state of kidnapping and armed robbery.

“Yahaya Bello by his creative governance style has somehow engineered a reversal of several negative national development indicators in Kogi State. Examples abound everywhere.

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“Under his watch, Kogi State has been transformed from the kidnap capital of Nigeria outside the embattled north-east, into a polity where the abduction of humans for ransom, along with other violent crimes like armed robbery have become mere opportunistic aberrations.

“The Right Honourable Speaker and Honourable Members of the Kogi State House of Assembly upon due deliberation of proper motion, therefore, do hereby unanimously make and pass a vote of confidence on his excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.”

The lawmakers added that, “this solemn call is first and foremost premised upon and borne of our belief that the subject, Yahaya Bello, is a fit and proper person, with the right mix of youth, experience, and track record to answer – same firmly and decisively in 2023 and beyond.”

The lawmakers also said the North Central Zone has not had a shot at the Presidency and Governor Bello is the right peg to lead the nation.