- Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state on Wednesday, January 12, reportedly met with the national leader of the APC
- An anonymous source said the meeting bordered on the 2023 presidency and the forthcoming Ekiti state governorship poll
- Fayemi's meeting came days after Tinubu announced to the press that he intends to succeed Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria's president in 2023
Lagos - Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has met the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the forthcoming APC governorship primary in Ekiti State and the 2023 presidential election.
Legit.ng notes that Fayemi’s visit to Tinubu on Wednesday, January 12, came barely two days after the former governor of Lagos state revealed his intention to contest the presidency in 2023.
An anonymous source was cited as saying that the southwest APC may be endorsing one candidate in order to present a united front.
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Tinubu, Fayemi's frosty relationship
The Punch further cited an unnamed politician as saying Fayemi and Tinubu’s relationship had become frosty in recent time due to the alleged role played by the Ekiti state governor in the sacking of Adams Oshiomhole as the APC national chairman and his hobnobbing with the APC Caretaker Committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni.
The politician also noted that Fayemi had been accused of victimising Tinubu’s supporters under the aegis of the South West Agenda 2023 led by Senator Dayo Adeyeye and preventing them from holding processions in the state.
Fayemi is also believed to be nursing a presidential ambition in 2023.
Ekiti governorship election 2023
Meanwhile, Fayemi is believed to be supporting the immediate past Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, to succeed him as Ekiti governor while Tinubu is supporting Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.
The politician said Fayemi decided to meet Tinubu to seek his support over his choice of successor.
APC postpones Ekiti governorship primary election, announces new date
Meanwhile, the governorship primary election of the ruling APC in Ekiti state has been postponed.
Legit.ng gathered that the exercise which was earlier slated for Saturday, January 22, will now take place on Saturday January 27.
This was disclosed in the party’s official notice shared on Facebook by Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, the national secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).