Ebun Francis| Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria governors forum, Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, denied reports that plans to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2023.
Fayemi, who was elected governor of Ekiti last year for the second time has been strongly linked with running for president in 2023.
But, in a statement by Segun Dipe, his spokesperson, the former minister for solid minerals, denied working towards 2023 presidential election.
According to Dipe, the report on the purported ambition of the governor to replace Buhari is untrue, as he enjoys his current position as governor of Ekiti and Chairman of the governor’s forum.
Dipe said, “Fayemi is a sitting governor and he chairs the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. He enjoys these roles and he is playing them to the best of his ability.”
“His objective is that of engaging in processes such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation, and arbitration in order to move a seemingly violent conflict into non-violent dialogue, where differences are settled through conflict transformation processes or through the work of representative political institutions.
“He is interested in what is happening in every part of the country and, like he himself once stated, anything that affects the peace of any state governed by a member of the NGF would surely affect the solidarity of the forum.
“People like Fayemi bring people together. You find them in all kinds of places and in all kinds of circumstances. They are very lovable people who wish the very best for other people. Despite that his action as a peacemaker and reconciliator means a lot to other people, the governor is a modest person and he is focused on other people’s happiness.
“As a bridge builder, Fayemi is never pushy; he just wants everyone around him to find peace and achieve happiness. The governor no doubt knows a lot of people and doesn’t fail to bring everybody together; he listens carefully and is sincerely interested in how everyone is doing.
“Like any other bridge-builder in the world, Fayemi likes to help to connect people, he is quick at recognising what someone else needs and his mind starts searching for ways to help the other person move ahead.”