APC Crisis: I am not Plotting to Succeed Buhari in 2023 – Fayemi

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SWITZERLAND, MARCH 06 – Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, says his actions are not geared towards taking over from President Muhammadu Buhari.

On Thursday, embattled chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Adams Oshiomole has attributed his travails to some party chieftains plotting to become president in 2023.

Describing those he alleged as hell bent on taking him out of the picture, Oshiomole told state house correspondents, “they are the one who will plot how do we get rid of me because they want to be president in 2023 even when their hold on their state at the moment is doubtful If they were to go for referendum in terms of their approval rating.”

This has led to speculations that Oshiomole may be referring to Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and El-Rufai of Kano State, both of whom are reported to be scheming to become president and vice president respectively.

However, speaking through Segun Dipe, his senior special assistant on public communications, Fayemi said he is not in the league of those working towards the next presidential election.

He described as untrue, reports that he is working clandestinely towards building structures to prosecute his “rumoured presidential ambition in 2023”.

“Fayemi is a sitting governor and he chairs the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. He enjoys these roles and he is playing them to the best of his ability,” the statement read.

“His objective is that of engaging in processes such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation, and arbitration in order to move a seemingly violent conflict into non-violent dialogue, where differences are settled through conflict transformation processes or through the work of representative political institutions.

“He is interested in what is happening in every part of the country and, like he himself once stated, anything that affects the peace of any state governed by a member of the NGF would surely affect the solidarity of the forum.

“People like Fayemi bring people together. You find them in all kinds of places and in all kinds of circumstances. They are very lovable people who wish the very best for other people. Despite that his action as a peacemaker and reconciliator means a lot to other people, the governor is a modest person and he is focused on other people’s happiness.

“As a bridge builder, Fayemi is never pushy; he just wants everyone around him to find peace and achieve happiness. The governor no doubt knows a lot of people and doesn’t fail to bring everybody together; he listens carefully and is sincerely interested in how everyone is doing.

“Like any other bridge-builder in the world, Fayemi likes to help to connect people, he is quick at recognising what someone else needs and his mind starts searching for ways to help the other person move ahead.”

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