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Just in: Ekiti Gov. Fayemi joins the bandwagon, declares for President

Unveiling his agenda for the highest office in the country, Fayemi prioritized youth empowerment, security and devolution or decentralization of power.

The number of presidential aspirants on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is increasing by the day with the jumping on the bandwagon by Dr Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum.

Persecondnews reports that on Wednesday in Abuja, Fayemi who had been speculated to be nursing presidential ambition, formally declared his intention to contest for president in 2023 before a crowd of party supporters.

Unveiling his agenda for the highest office in the country, Fayemi prioritized youth empowerment, security and devolution or decentralization of power.

“Youth empowerment is my number one priority when l become the president.

“I also promise to retool the Armed Forces and security agencies,” he told the cheering crowd.

On bringing the government closer to the people, Fayemi, whose tenure ends in September 2022 as governor, said decentralisation of the octopus federal government is imperative.

“I will adhere to the highest standards of decorum and decency,” he promised other aspirants.

Persecondnews reports that dignitaries who attended the event included former Ogun Governor Ibikunle Amosun, one-time Senate President, Ameh Ebute, ex- Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; and traditional rulers particularly from Ekiti state.

So far, the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and Pastor Tunde Bakare, church General Overseer and running mate of the Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential election have indicated interest to run in APC.

Others are Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, the immediate past Governor of Ogun State, and Mr Dimeji Bankole, former Speaker House of Representatives ,Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, ex-Abia governor and serving senator, Orji Kalu, and former Imo Governor, Sen. Rochas Okorocha.

Also in the race are Prof. Ben Ayade, Cross River Governor, Chief Ken Nnamani, and Sen. Godswill Akpabio, ex-Akwa lbom governor.

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