– The crisis in Ekiti APC has taken another dimension ahead of the 2023 general election
– The chapter has been polarised into two camps, with each faction pledging its loyalty to Bola Tinubu and Kayode Fayemi
– Both Fayemi and Tinubu who is the APC national leader are eyeing the country’s biggest office in 2023
The Ekiti chapter of the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) is facing another hurdle over the presidential ambition of the state governor, Kayode John Fayemi, and Bola Tinubu.
This is as the party is polarised into two, with each faction pledging loyalty to the governor and Tinubu, who is the national leader of the APC.
Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor and Fayemi who is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) are reportedly eyeing the country’s biggest office when the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari ends in 2023.
Although there is no official confirmation from the camps of the respected party chieftains, their loyalists have begun movement and sensitisations in what has posed a unity challenge to the APC.
Ekiti state party executive under the aegis of the Ekiti APC Stakeholders’ Forum led by Senator Anthony Adeniyi, are currently rooting for Tinubu’s presidency, The Punch reports.
Other bigwigs in the forum are Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, Bimbo Daramola and Adewale Omirin, among others.
Fayemi wing of the party is led by the state’s caretaker publicity secretary, Ade Ajayi, and chairman, Paul Omotoso.
The governor’s men are reportedly moving to ensure that the next president comes from Ekiti, with Fayemi still the supreme leader of the APC in Ekiti.
Tinubu’s allies launch SWAGA in Ibadan
Meanwhile, Tinubu has been given the nods to succeed President Buhari in 2023.
This is as his staunch supporters and loyalists met in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Tuesday, December 15, to launch a presidential campaign movement tagged “The South-West Agenda (SWAGA)” for him.
The SWAGA movement, led by former minister of works, Senator Adeyeye (Ekiti) and former senator Adesoji Akabi (Oyo), paid a visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
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