interests to activate a spate of negative media campaigns against the
person of Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of
the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
The plot, as uncovered, is to use some faceless political groups and
political jobbers from different parts of the country to defame the
Ekiti State Governor.
Specifically, the plan is to use the faceless groups to discredit
Governor Fayemi and portray him as unacceptable to the generality of
the people across the six geo-political zones of the country. This
plot is part of their game plan for the 2023 presidential contest.
For the avoidance of doubt, Dr Fayemi has not told anyone that he is
in the race for the Presidency of Nigeria. He has always maintained
that he is on duty in Ekiti and would like to concentrate on that
assignment. What he does afterwards is in the hands of God and he will
cross that bridge at the appropriate time. He restated this position
during his most recent interview with Arise TV on January 1, 2022.
Some entrenched interests within the ruling All Progressives Congress,
however, seem uncomfortable with the rising profile of the NGF
Chairman and have resorted to cheap blackmail aimed at de-marketing
We urge members of the public to disregard the potpourri of lies and
cheap blackmail that could be released in the coming days, while the
promoters of this smear campaign are advised to concentrate on
marketing their aspiration to the good people of Nigeria without
recourse to defamation or character assassination of perceived
The Nigerian Constitution states clearly the qualifications for the
position of the President of the country. Every qualified adult has
the right to aspire to the number one position. Therefore, we do not
believe it is proper, decent or strategic for any aspirant to think
his campaign can only gather momentum when he destroys the reputation
of a fellow citizen who is perceived as a possible opponent.