The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday boasted that the All progressives Congress (APC) will use the June 18 governorship poll to open the window of victory for the presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Fayemi, who was welcomed to Ekiti after his participation in the presidential primary of the party held on Tuesday, stated that he stepped down from the race for Tinubu to preserve and fortify Yoruba’s unity and cohesion.
Fayemi, who was welcomed from Ondo-Ekiti border town by APC members, was cheered by crowd at Igbara Odo, Ilawe, Odo and Ado Ekiti, as part of the welcome rally organised for him by the party after the presidential primary.
At the shadow poll that took place in Abuja with 23 presidential contestants, Fayemi stepped down for Tinubu, who has now emerged the party’s candidate.
Addressing the party supporters at the Fajuyi Pavilion, in Ado Ekiti, Fayemi said the party was resolute to deliver Ekiti to APC, by ensuring that the governorship candidate , Biodun Oyebanji, win the June 18 poll and send a signal that Tinubu is well fortified to win the coming presidential poll.
Fayemi applauded Ekiti delegates and party faithful across Nigeria for demonstrating enormous support for him during his consultations to states, saying the success of the shadow election, had proved the bookmakers and naysayers, who predicted doom for APC wrong.
Justifying his presidential ambition, Fayemi posited that he decided to veer into the race with that unflagging belief that he possesses sterling qualities to be president and not out of overambition or unbridled propensity to seek for elective positions.
He added: “In Nigeria today, they knew that good things can come out of our Nazareth in Ekiti. Some of our people were not really happy with the way things went, but God knew about it.