The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that it will force Governor Kayode Fayemi to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
Paul Omotoso, the state caretaker chairman, who was represented by Ade Ajayi, the state publicity secretary, said this during a programme organised by Olusegun Osinkolu, a chieftain of the APC, for 1,000 members of the party in Ekiti north senatorial district, on Saturday.
The Ekiti State APC stated that it would no longer take a backseat in southwest politics.
Omotoso said the APC will force Fayemi into the 2023 race because of his competence and loyalty to the ruling party.
According to him, the time has come for the president to come from Ekiti State.
He said: “On the 2023 presidency, the time has come for the president to come from Ekiti. That is why we are pleading with you to support Governor Fayemi.
“Though Governor Fayemi has never said he wanted to contest, we will force him to plunge into the race, because of his competence, dedication, and loyalty to APC.”
Omotoso said the party at the state, local government and ward levels will also reward Osinkolu for his contributions and loyalty despite all odds.
“We are going to support him for the Senatorial race in 2023 because he has done well to boost the acceptability and popularity of our party in Ekiti despite that he was denied senatorial ticket twice. He has remained loyal, contented, and committed to APC,” he said.
Recall that earlier this year, Governor Fayemi had maintained that he was not plotting to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.