‘Time for power to change hand’ | Fayose responds to who he is supporting for the 2023 Presidential election
Ayo Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, stated that it was time for power to shift to the South in the 2023 presidential election. This is a statement that many have interpreted as support for Bola Tinubu.
When asked if the intention was to officially support either Peter Obi of the Labour Party or Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Fayose responded,
“This is not about Bola Tinubu or Obi, but this is about our belief that power should shift to the south and it is a challenge we must actualize.”
Mr Fayose also said that the presidency was assigned to the southwest to appease them after the June 12 election was called off. It was thought that previous president Goodluck Jonathan was already utilizing the northern spot when he overstayed his welcome. He was therefore challenged, and the APC placed a candidate from the north.
Fayose, a PDP member, made a claim on Wednesday using his verified Twitter account, @GovAyoFayose.
In the tweets, Fayose added that it is either the Nigerian President from the South in 2023 or nothing. He also claims that his party, the PDP, recognizes the rotating presidency between the North and South.
Relationship with Bola tinubu
“The current President of Nigeria is a two-term northern presidency, thus implying that it MUST be a southern presidency in 2023 or NOTHING. Awa ‘South’ lo kan’. Nigerians should await details soon”. This is Fayose tweet at 13:06 on 29th 9f June 2022.
The Awa ‘South lokan’ is interpreted as we southerners are the next. This is similar to what Tinubu said earlier this month, ‘Emi lokan’ (it is my turn).
Before he was selected as the APC presidential candidate, the statement caused a lot of controversies. Atiku Abubakar, a Northerner, is the presidential candidate for Fayose’s PDP.
On May 28, Atiku defeated Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers State, to become the PDP’s presidential candidate.