The governor of Ekiti and leading presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi has explained why he stepped down for his benefactor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Legit.ng reports that while making his speech at the Eagles Square, the venue of the party's presidential primary on Tuesday, June 7, Fayemi said that he was prepared to sacrifice his ambition to be president of Nigeria for Tinubu.
“Our brothers from the Northern Governors Forum of the APC have led by example by proposing to party members that the next candidate of our party and by God’s grace the next president of our country must come from the southern part of this country and I have come to a difficult but necessary decision and that decision is that we must look for the most appropriate person at this time to do the job.
"I am prepared to sacrifice my ambition to be president of Nigeria. I am a young man and I still have a lot of time ahead of me and one person I have worked with in the trenches of democratic struggles and in the cause of governing Nigeria side by side, shoulder to shoulder, my mentor, my leader and supporter of mine and great fighter for the unity of Nigeria that I will recommend to all my supporters and my delegates starting with the 48 delegates from Ekiti state alone and others from across the country is that you please accord me the respect to offer the support you are giving me to my elder brother, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I am not doing him a favour but doing a duty of care for Nigeria."
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Former governor of Akwa-Ibom Godswill Akpabio steps down for Bola Tinubu
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Senator Godswill Akpabio, former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, stepped down from the APC presidential primary in favour of Asiwaju Tinubu.
It was reported that the former minister announced this while giving his remarks at the ongoing national convention of the ruling party.
The former minister said though he stepped down for Tinubu, he is also ably qualified to be the president of Nigeria.