Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has said that the position of the president of Nigeria is not an inheritance of the All Progressive Congress (APC), national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Fayemi who declared his intention to contest the APC presidential primary election slated for this month said he owed no allegiance to the ex-Lagos governor despite being known to be a former protégé of Tinubu.
According to him, Tinubu cannot lay claim to Nigeria’s presidency simply because it is his “life-long ambition.”
Fayemi made the comments while responding to questions on a Channels TV regarding his alleged betrayal. According to him, no one could accuse him of betrayal because the presidency is not an inheritance.
“This is not an inheritance (referring to Tinubu’s presidential ambition). It’s about Nigeria. Nigeria is the commonwealth of all Nigerians,” Fayemi insisted. “It is not a traditional title that we’re seeking. The office we are seeking is to make improvements in the life of Nigerians.”
The Ekiti governor, on Wednesday, declared his interest to contest the APC presidential primary election, promising to empower youths when elected. He also said he would revamp the security agencies, decentralise governance and bring the government closer to Nigerians.
Tinubu said he would do the same thing if elected president.
“I want to be President for you. Drive me there. Commit yourself. A united Nigeria is our dream. A free Nigeria is our commitment. A violent-free Nigeria, a banditry-free Nigeria. A very successful Nigeria. We promise you, that we will hand it over to you. You are our tomorrow,” Tinubu had said in April.
Since he declared to contest the APC presidential primary election with the hope of becoming president in 2023, 70-year-old Tinubu, has been criticised as being too old and frail to lead the most populous country in Africa.