Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, has said he believes that no serious-minded politician in Nigeria will give up the opportunity to become the country’s president.
While responding to a question in an interview broadcast on Friday, Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said despite the challenges currently bedevilling the country, being the leader of Nigeria is a privilege that cannot be tossed away.
The governor said this when asked if he is ready to contest the 2023 presidential election having been recently endorsed for the Presidency by the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
“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,” he said on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.
But the governor declined to state if he would be contesting for the Presidency in 2023. He, instead, said he is focused on successfully completing his tenure as Ekiti Governor by 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,” Fayemi said.