As the interest in the 2023 presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress hots up, a chieftain of the party in Ekiti State, Karounwi Oladapo, on Saturday, debunked speculations that APC National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, brought Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi into politics.
Oladapo, a former deputy speaker of Ekiti State Assembly, said it was the Minister of Trade, Niyi Adebayo, who brought Fayemi into politics.
The former lawmaker, in a statement titled, ‘Putting the record straight: Fayemi as a politician,’ said, Fayemi joined politics as a member of the Alliance for Democracy and latter got the gubernatorial ticket of the Action Congress to contest the 2007 elections, through former Governor Adeniyi Adebayo, the leader of the party in Ekiti State.
He said, “Tinubu, as the foremost leader of the AC, thereafter supported the party candidate, Fayemi and co-financed the party to victory. Tinubu’s contributions are equally remarkable.
“Those who traffic lies about how Tinubu recruited Fayemi into politics and thought that the rumoured ambition of Fayemi to contest Nigeria Presidency against the rumoured presidential ambition of Tinubu is akin to ingratitude and an ‘Akintola politics’, should kindly seek for the truth so that the truth shall make them free.
“Credit for finding Fayemi was completely Adebayo’s, but it must also be said that Adebayo eventually enlisted Tinubu (who had known Fayemi since his days in exile) and Chief Bisi Akande to help convince Fayemi to take up the offer,” Oladapo stated.
The APC chieftain said he was a state officer of the AD in Ekiti State when Fayemi became a registered member of the party, adding, “The story of how Fayemi was brought into politics was told by Otunba Niyi Adebayo, in a paper presented by him, titled “Life after government: Planning for the future” and was confirmed by the Ekiti State governor and his wife, Bisi.
He also said, “Adebayo revealed how, as far back as 2002, he had made up his mind to nominate Fayemi as his successor after he must have completed his second term in office (which never was at the time because he lost his re-election in 2003).