Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has promised to take a stand on his 2023 presidential ambition immediately Ramadan and lent are over.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum said he does not want to desecrate Ramadan and the lent period by engaging in political games.
He made this known on Wednesday during a working visit to Gombe State, where he was received by Governor Muhammadu Yahaya at the Government House.
Fayemi, however, asked his supporters to exercise patience till the period of Ramadan and lent is over before he announces his next political move.
He said, “For us, in Christendom, this is the period of lent and for people of the Muslim faith, this is Ramadan. Very rarely do the two come together. So this is a period that requires sober reflection.
“The period is of deep thinking and should not be a period of the political declaration. Whether I’m going to run or not is a matter of conjecture. What I will appeal to you to do is to wait until after this spiritual season. I think it will be disrespectful to start playing those politics.”
Speaking further, Fayemi said he and his colleagues are helping President Muhammadu Buhari in stabilizing the economy which has been a challenge for the current administration.
He said, “There are both internal and external challenges, internal in the way and manner the volume of our oil production has gone down due to some deliberate attempt on the part of criminals to frustrate the national efforts.
“In ensuring that we maximize production at a time when the price of oil is very attractive in the international. We have not been able to take advantage due to the limited production.
“On the other hand, the war going on in Ukraine has affected food prices because we get some of the food items particularly wheat from Ukraine. So, the production of bread and other staple have suffered tremendously and inflation has affected things.
“The President is working on all while we as governors have to collaborate with him to improve the economy because things are not easy for ordinary Nigerians and all of us are feeling the pains of the moment. We owe it a duty to meet the demand of our office which is security and welfare.”