- The stakeholders of APC in Ekiti state have rejected the purported endorsement of Fayemi for president in 2023
- The party chairman, Paul Omotosho, had declared that Fayemi is qualified to become Buhari's successor
- Bamgboye Adegoroye, the spokesperson for the stakeholders' forum, said the statement does not represent the decision of the party
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state is currently engulfed in crisis over Governor Kayode Fayemi's presidential ambition.
The Nation reports that the governor's speculated ambition to run for president in 2023 has polarised the ranks and files of the party in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the APC had endorsed Governor Fayemi for the presidential race, saying the time has come for the president to come from Ekiti.
The party’s state chairman, Paul Omotosho, who spoke through the spokesman, Ade Ajayi said that the governor has paid his dues in the ruling APC and Nigeria’s political firmament at large and deserves to be the next president of Nigeria.
Some leaders under the aegis of Ekiti State Stakeholders Forum, however, berated the party’s leadership over the purported endorsement of Fayemi for the president.
Speaking through a statement issued on Monday, December 21, and signed by its secretary, Prince Bamgboye Adegoroye, the forum denied endorsing the alleged Fayemi’s presidential ambition.
Adegoroye noted that the purported endorsement does not reflect the general will of APC members.
He said the alleged endorsement, which was credited to a statement by the APC state chairman, Paul Omotoso was a personal view of the publicity secretary, Ade Ajayi who represented Omotoso at an event in Ekiti at the weekend.
The forum added that Ajayi only expressed a personal view on the matter and that his views neither represented the position of Omotoso nor that of Ekiti APC.
The statement read:
“The attention of the Ekiti state stakeholders forum has been drawn to a statement credited to Mr. Paul Omotoso on the idea that APC Ekiti state chapter has backed Dr. John Kayode Fayemi for the 2023 presidency.
“We want to state unequivocally that Hon. Ade Ajayi who represented Mr. Omotoso barely expressed a personal view at a social event, where the convener was absent or at best, the views of a small clique in the party.
“The leaders of APC in Ekiti state are unaware of the idea. Again, we note that Hon. Ade Ajayi’s boss does not even believe that the position should be zoned to South West as expressed on the national platform recently.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Ekiti chapter of the APC urged Governor Fayemi to contest the presidency in 2023.
It was reported that the state caretaker chairman, Paul Omotoso, Saturday, December 19, said Fayemi is eminently qualified to occupy the position considering his political profile.
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