- The Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi declared his interest to contest for the nation's most exalted seat of power, the office of the presidency
- While noting his reasons for joining the 2023 race, the presidential hopeful said he has all that is needed to rule the country
- Fayemi also made nine promises to Nigeria as joins the train in the ruling APC, to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state on Wednesday, May 5, formally declared his presidential ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While declaring his ambition in Abuja, the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) listed some challenges he intends to fix if he becomes the president of the country in 2023, The Punch reports.
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The Ekiti state governor explained that he wants to be a president to ensure peace, and secure a future for Nigeria’s children.
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Fayemi also said he has enough public service experience to pilot the affairs of Nigeria.
Fayemi promised that he would in the course of this campaign adhere to the highest standards of decorum, decency, and respect that Nigerians expect of their leaders.
He pledged to bring to full fruition his promises to the pride of all Nigerians and the admiration of the world.
Some of the promises he made are:
1. To give full effect to this, concrete programmes of action will be launched in priority areas that will allow for a revamping of the credibility of the Nigerian state, the promotion and fulfillment of an enhanced social contract, and the rebirth of the national identity.
2. Programmatically, as the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress, I will be leading the implementation of a holistic and integrated response to the multifaceted security crises confronting us. To this end, the retooling of our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and border guards will be pursued in tandem with an overhaul of our policing system and the phasing in of bold universal social policies that will enable us decisively tackle poverty and upgrade human capital and security.
3. The adoption of broad socio-economic measures that enhance our capacity to fight insecurity must be done at the same time as investments in reinforcing the deterrent capacity of the state through its armed forces, security agencies, and policing authorities. Authority and legitimacy coupled with deterrence and rapid response go hand in hand, just as we must better design and interface economic policies with broad social objectives and goals of political inclusivity towards a well-defined outcome, namely, sustained peace, stability, and progress of our country.
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4. Let there be no doubt: For the economy to serve broader social and political purposes that enhance human and state security, stem poverty, and promote national prosperity, my agenda for Nigeria encompasses attention to questions of productivity, diversification, domestic value addition, investments in and incentives for research, development, and innovation, and the expansion of domestic revenue mobilisation, among others.
5. Considerable work is already ongoing on the upgrading and expansion of our infrastructure and one of my prime objectives would be to accelerate this both through public investments and partnerships with the private sector whilst simultaneously ensuring that we enforce accountability and get much greater value for money.
6. By the same token, a major rescue and investment programme for the education sector, the health system, the civil service, and the local government system will be launched to re-orient each of them for the task of overall national development, and progress and prosperity.
7. I fully understand that we cannot secure our prosperity without ensuring that our agricultural sector is able to deliver self-sufficiency in critical food markets, feed our efforts at agro-allied industrialisation and thus meaningfully enable the transformation of the unemployed into gainful employment, reinvigorate the rural areas, foster the coordinated expansion of commodity exchanges, and boost the flow of foreign exchange into the economy.
8. No vision of national prosperity however impeccable or programme of national transformation however comprehensive can deliver the outcomes desired without attention to the planning system of government writ large. We must build on recent successes in restoring our national planning system and statistical capacity in order to open new, forward-looking approaches to development management that is research and data-driven.
9. As part of this commitment, a holistic approach to decentralisation will be embraced and institutionalised so that government and its services are brought closer to the people. Our programme of decentralisation will also feed into the goals of a stronger, more united, and stable Nigeria, outcomes which are not only good for our domestic prospects but which will also benefit West Africa, the rest of the African continent, and a troubled international multilateral system.
2023: Former Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun joins presidential race
In a related development, a former governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun recently joined the 2023 presidential race under the platform of the ruling APC.
Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, made this known during plenary in the red chambers on Wednesday, May 27.
Dr. Lawan read a letter of notification from the senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, announcing his intention to contest for the office of the president.