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The State Publicity Secretaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West zone have collectively characterized the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as an Emeritus Governor who served both his state and country meritoriously, All Nigeria Latest News reports.

The team of publicists visited Fayemi at his private residence in Ado Ekiti over the weekend. They encouraged the former Ekiti governor not to relent in contributing to Nigeria and humanity despite completing his two-term tenure as governor as required by statute.

They described as patriotic and statesmanlike the decision of the ex-Governor to drop his ambition to rule the country, and pulled his political weight behind Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who eventually emerged as the party’s presidential candidate.

It would be recalled that the former minister of solid minerals made a surprise withdrawal from the presidential primary of the APC, and declared support for Senator Tinubu, and has since been working assiduously to ensure his (Tinubu’s) victory at the 2023 presidential poll.

Responding, Dr. Fayemi assured his visitors that he was ready to be at the forefront of campaigns to ensure victory for the candidates of his party in the 2023 general election.

Dr. Fayemi, who made history as the first governor to handover to a successor in Ekiti State, warned that Nigeria should not be allowed to fall into wrong hands.

“We should do everything possible to ensure the nation continues its journey along the path of stability, prosperity and greatness”, he added.

The former Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum continued: “As a progressive party, populated by resourceful and passionate patriots, we must ensure that no stone is left unturned to mobilize support for our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is clearly the best among the pack of those seeking to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in office come May 2023. We have the wherewithal to run a successful campaign for our presidential and other candidates. The presidential election, in particular, is ours to lose.”

Highpoint of the courtesy visit was the proclamation of the immediate past Ekiti State helmsman as an Emeritus Governor on account of his high-profile stewardship, characterised by numerous achievements and enviable record of service to the country.

The party publicists at the meeting included Hons Tunde Oladunjoye (Ogun), Segun Dipe (Ekiti), Alex Kalejaye (Ondo), Adunola Oyewole (Osun), Olawale Sadare (Oyo) while Seye Oladejo (Lagos) was unavoidably absent.

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