Story By Akinola Emmanuel, March 27, 2021
The Ekiti State Governor and the Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, John Kayode Fayemi has denied making comments to stop former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu from becoming the nation’s President in 2023.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, Governor Kayode Fayemi aide, Mr. Araoye who made the comment recently spoke in his personal capacity at the event, hence the purported statement is at best his personal views and not representative of Governor Fayemi’s position.
“As a matter of fact, the view is in conflict with Governor Fayemi’s well known position on political participation. He is one of the leaders of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), that is not fixated about zoning of presidential and other elective positions.
Dr. Fayemi is on record to have stated repeatedly and unequivocally that nobody should be discriminated against by virtue of age, where they come from, religious affiliation or cultural background. He believes the electorate, rather than any artificial impediment, should determine who gets their mandate as President, Governor or other elective positions.
Therefore, Mr. Araoye, who at the onset of his presentation at the event clarified that he was speaking in his personal capacity, couldn’t be speaking the mind of Governor Fayemi.”
The statement called on members of the public to disregard the statement which was inadvertently credited to Governor Fayemi who as a leader and public office holder, believes in fairness and equity.
“He is a firm believer in constitutionalism and constitutional provisions regarding elections and aspiration to public offices in the country.