Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi has joined the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He promised to adopt wholistic approach in fighting insecurity, provide jobs for teeming youths, broad reforms through diversification and productivity, and expansion of revenue mobilisation.
Fayemi, Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), unveiled his manifestos at the Congress Hall,Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, before party members, top government functionaries, diplomats, and the media.
He said:”The die is now cast. I embark on this journey with a determination to play my part to the end.”
Fayemi also promised to tackle the national question by embarking on restructuring.
He said holistic approach will be embraced and institutionalised so that government and its services are brought closer to the people.
In his view, decentralisation will enhance unity and stability.
Describing himself as a symbol of hope, he said Nigeria has an opportunity to make choices that will foster peace, unity and national prosperity.
The declaration was witnessed by Senator Lawan Shuaibu, Senator Ibikune Amosun; Ekiti Deputy Governor Bisi Egbeyemi; Speaker Funminiyi Afuye, former Senate President Ahmed Ebute; Ekiti APC governorship candidate Biodun Oyebanji; his running mate, Monisade Afuye; Deputy Governors Modupe Adelabu and former Oyo Deputy Governor Iyiola Oladokun; Onisan of Isan Oba Gabriel Adejuwon; Ewi of Ado-Ekiti Oba Adejugbe Aladesanmi, and Prof. Banji Aluko.
Two documentaries were viewed by dignitaries focusing on his profile as a journalist, pro-democracy crusader, politician, and administrator.
On the stage was an Ekiti Cultural Troupe, which thrilled the dignitaries with deep cultural and philosophical songs.
Fayemi urged Nigerians to shun debilitating pessimism and convert the current trying times into an opportunity for fundamental national reset and a major leap forward in national affairs.