Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi is reportedly on tour of some states, holding dialogues with his brother-Governors and other stakeholders in pursuit of his presidential ambition in 2023.
Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, is said to be leveraging on his relationships with governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and even some of them in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
APC is yet to decide on the date for its presidential primary, but it is expected to hold towards the end of next month.
APC stalwarts who have announced their interest in the job include the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the party leader and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi; former Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha; and Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi.
Fayemi is not expected to make his presidential declaration until the current Islamic fasting season (Ramadan) is 0ver at the end of the month, as he is inclined to deep spirituality.
But his recent moves include consultations with APC stakeholders. His tour of the country have seen him break Ramadan fast on a daily basis with some governors and other strong party faithful.
Accompanied by Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufair, Fayemi was recently received by the Governor of Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar in Dutse.
Fayemi was also said to have had consultations in Gombe, Kaduna and Borno States.
Elected Governor of Ekiti State in 2010, he was in charge of the state from 15th October that year for four years. Upon losing his re-election bid to PDP’s Ayodele Fayose in 2014, Fayose served at the federal level as Minister of Solid Minerals Development from November 2015 until May 2018 when he left to contest again for the Ekiti State governorship.
His second tenure will end in October.