Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has stated that the race for the office of the President is not a ‘do or die’.
He made this claim on Wednesday during a consultative meeting with delegates of All Progressives Congress(APC) in Gombe State.
Fayemi, who is also the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said he has the magic wand to develop the country.
According to Fayemi, the contest should be of ideas, urging Gombe delegates to opt for his which would be of most benefit to them.
In his words, “I have to request, to plead and to justify my candidacy to the leaders of our party here. I hope having listened to me, having considered my experience, capacity, competence, and my knowledge for the terrain, will positively respond to my prayers.
“This contest is nothing but about competing visions. We all should present our visions to the people. The vision should be scrutinised and then conclusions should be reached by members of the party.”
Speaking on his commitment to the party after the primary, in case the result is not favourable, Fayemi added, “I’m a foundation member of this party. There is nothing, including if I’m not the choice of the party, that will make me subvert the overall interest of our party in presenting the country with a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“So, for me it is not even a contest, it is a competition. I hope my vision will be the successful vision that our party members rally round. It is not a ‘do or die’ but about progress and development for our people.
Also speaking, Governor of Gombe State, Mohammed Yahaya, who had earlier welcomed the Vice President of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and a National leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, to the state said that Fayemi is qualified.
He enumerated the various positions that the governor had occupied which include his position as former minister.