The presidential ambition of the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has been rejected by the presidency cabal who are trying to frustrate him out of the race.
The Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum has been nursing a presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to SaharaReporters, President Muhammadu Buhari’s loyalists in Aso Villa have rejected Fayemi and they plan to silence him alongside the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
“They (the cabal) have set up Babafemi Ojudu to ensure that Fayemi is wrestled to the ground over his ambition. They stated that apart from Malami, another candidate who can be considered is Mai Mala Buni (Yobe State Governor) but Fayemi was rejected,” a top source revealed.
Ojudu is the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters and also from Ekiti State.
“The plan is to first weaken Fayemi at home which is Ekiti and that will play out in the 2022 state governorship election as his candidate may not win the election or even emerge,” the source continued.
There are claims that Ojudu is leading the faction that is against Fayemi in the Ekiti APC.
Recall that a faction loyal to Ojudu and former Minister, Dayo Adeyeye last year suspended Fayemi from the party over anti-party activities.
Ojudu in February stated that the party would resist any form of imposition of a candidate on party’s members ahead of the 2022 governorship election in the state.
“I can assure you that there will be no imposition. Anybody who is a member of our party would be free to contest the primary. We will allow democratic process to take place.”
“But we don’t want somebody who is a stranger or a houseboy in our party to be imposed as governor,” he had said.
He further stated that the Ekiti State Governor can not expel him from the party, despite their political differences.
“Let me tell you this, I don’t have any crisis with the governor, but I have differences with him. In political situations, differences are allowed, groups are allowed. I may not belong to Fayemi’s group, but I am a member of the party, he is also a member. I cannot chase him away from the party, neither can he chase me away from the party. Every member of our party is qualified to do the revalidation,” he had stated.