Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said he will not ignore any chance of contesting for the Presidency in 2023.
Speaking on a programme on Channel Television on Friday, Fayemi said he is not concerned with becoming President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor but he was focused on completing his tenure in October 2022.
“I am considering finishing well in Ekiti in 2022. I have a job. Frankly, I am eternally grateful to Ekiti people for giving me the opportunity to govern the state twice and I still have a lot to deliver on that agenda.
“So, the future will take care of itself. I have no means of knowing what is going to happen but for me, the certainty is that I am the Governor of Ekiti State and that term expires in October 2022. That is the job I have for now,” the governor said.
Fayemi, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, also laughed off the report that he has been endorsed for the Presidency by the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
He said, “I am laughing. You know why? I get asked this question all the time. I don’t know any serious-minded politician who will have the opportunity to govern a country with the blessings that we have – in spite of the challenges – that will not give it a shot but we are not there yet.”
Fayemi also faulted the decision of the Federal Government to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt refinery with $1.5bn, adding that there are other projects that need attention.
He said, “I am not a member of the cabinet and I don’t know what informed that decision but clearly, I believe a level of analysis must have gone into it and the approval process must have taken into consideration the cost-benefit analysis of that decision.
“I wouldn’t have taken that decision given the fact that we know that a big refinery, private sector-driven is coming on stream but I don’t have that decision that led to that decision at FEC. I wouldn’t have taken that decision.”