…consults Ibadan monarch on 2023 Presidential
By Soji Ajibola
The Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum, (NGF) and the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Presidential hopeful, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that the nation is in dire need of a courageous leader to fix its socio-economic and security challenges in 2023.
Fayemi who made this known during his Presidential consultation visit to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Dr Mohood Olalekan Balogun at his Alarere residence on Wednesday, said that it would take a courageous leader to implement policies that would be of benefits to the entire citizenry of the country.
He said that the solution to the problem of the country is not disintegration as being agitated by some sections of the country, but noted that it is by entrusting the future of the nation into the hands of a vibrant and courageous leader.
According to him, the country has many people that are competent and have capacities to lead, but what we need in 2023 is a leader that has the courage to build the Nigeria that we all desired. We need courageous leader to fix this Country.
Fayemi therefore said that with his wealth of experience as seasoned administrator, politicians and strategist, he is qualified to lead the country, but would not take the decision until after consultation with relevant stakeholders.
” I have been consulting with governors, political leaders, traditional rulers and leaders of thoughts across the country on my presidential ambition. The aggregation of opinions will determine the direction I will go.
”I have consulted 80 per cent of serving governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. I have met with stakeholders in Owo, Akure, Ondo town in Ondo state as well as Ede and Ile Ife in Osun state.
”In Nigeria politics, Ibadan, aside being the political headquarters in the South West, is not a pushover in the nation’s politics, hence my decision to visit Olubadan to tap from his wealth of experience,” he said.
Fayemi who described Olubadan as a respected monarch not only in the South West but the entire country as a whole described Kabiyesi as one of the prominent voices advocating for oneness of Nigeria.
The Ekiti state governor said that his experience as a member of the National Democratic Coalition. (NADECO) and Chairman of NGF has put him at a vantage position to know the yearnings of the people.
”I have traversed the length and breadth of the country. I have met with high and low people. I know the challenges confronting people in the sis regions.
” The solution is not far fetched. What we need is a courageous leader. It is one thing to have good policies, it is another thing to have courage to implement it.
In his response, Oba Balogun described Fyemi as a courageous, feartless, honesrt and straightforward person.
” Kayode, I have a picture of you and that picture of you is that I have, you must keep it up. The picture I have of you is that of being courageous, honest and straightforward.