The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has officially declared his intention to run for president on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fayemi made the declaration on Wednesday at the Hilton Hotel, Abuja in company of his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi.
The event was attended by party stalwarts and dignitaries including APC Governorship aspirant, Biodun Oyebanji, former Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; and traditional rulers.
Fayemi declares, “after a careful consideration of where we are as a nation, I believe that my entry into the race will offer Nigerians the opportunity to examine competing visions for national rebirth”
He promised to ensure youth empowerment when he becomes the president.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum Chairman has joined other aspirants aiming for the number one office in the country, to contest the presidential ticket of the APC.
Other aspirants in the APC include Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, vice president Yemi Osinbajo, Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, former Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun, Senator Rochas Okorocha, former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi among others.
Fayemi was governor of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014. He served as Minister of Mines and Steel Development in the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 2015 and 2018.
He resigned as Minister, contested and won the governorship election of Ekiti State for a second term in 2018.