Tinubu’s close associates, Oshiomhole, Fayemi join presidential race


By Lanre Oloyede

Former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidency on the platform of APC.

Oshiomhole, a former two-time governor of Edo State made his declaration Wednesday at Cyprian Ekwensi House, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.

Oshiomole who is a close associate and ally of national leader of APC and presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was forced out of office when the National Working Committee NWC that he led was dissolved by the party’s National Executive Committee NEC meeting presided over by president Muhammadu Buhari in June 2020 following a protracted leadership crisis that got to a head with a court ruling declaring Oshiomole suspended.

While the crisis lasted, it was believed that Oshiomole belonged to a caucus loyal to Tinubu and was working for the actualization of the presidential ambition of the former Lagos State governor.

Speaking on his agenda for Nigeria if elected president, Oshiomole said he would fix all sectors of the country and ensure a stable academic calendar of federal government universities by ending frequent strike action by Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU.

Nigerian Pilot reports that Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi on Wednesday also joined the growing list of 2023 presidential aspirants from the Southwest under the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.

With his declaration, Fayemi has laid to rest speculations that he wouldn’t want to join the race as a mark of respect and loyalty to the highly revered national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a presidential aspirant, whom many regard as Fayemi’s political god-father and benefactor.

“As the standard bearer of the APC, I will be leading the implementation of a holistic and integrated response to the multifaceted security crises confronting us.

“To this end, the retooling of our armed forces, intelligence agencies, and border guards will be pursued in tandem with an overhaul of our policing system and the phasing in of bold universal social policies that will enable us decisively to tackle poverty and upgrade human capital and security,” Fayemi said during his declaration.