The Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Thursday, told delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the office of the Presidency should not be given to money bags.
This is as he expressed his desire to build a prosperous nation as one of the reasons why he was running for the 2023 presidency.
Fayemi stated this while canvassing for votes from delegates of APC in Kaduna State ahead of the party’s primary slated for May 28.
The governor who is also a presidential aspirant on the platform of the APC, said he was in the state to solicit votes from the delegates.
He told the delegates that he had the capacity and the road map to transform the security situation in the country.
“I am a bridge-builder. I am a unifier. This is a visit to say ‘hello’ and share my vision and leave you to be the judge of who to pilot the new Nigeria that we are yearning for,” he said.
The governor, who said he is not a money bag politician, said that as a student of history, the nation’s coveted job had never been entrusted to money bag politicians.
He said that the nation’s presidency should not be about money bags, adding that those who had occupied the seats in the past weren’t money bag politicians.
He added that the “late Tafawa Balewa was a teacher, so also was the late Shehu Shagari and you know Obasanjo came out of prison with N100,000 in his bank account.”
On his part, Nasir El-Rufai described the presidential aspirant as a man of integrity, who had assisted the state immensely when he was Minister of Solid Mineral Resources.
El-Rufai said the first-ever Steel Rolling Mill in Kaduna state was courtesy of Fayemi, adding that as one he knew for over 20 years ago, he was eminently qualified to lead the country.
He urged the delegates to do the right thing on the day of the party’s presidential primary scheduled for May 28.