Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and ex-governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo (CON), has said his name should not be dragged into the governorship race of Ekiti State in 2022.
From Jide Orintunsin, Abuja
He said he is not interested in becoming the governor, as he is preoccupied with a national assignment as a minister in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Adebayo in a statement in Abuja yesterday through his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Julius Toba-Jegede, dissociated himself from some billboards across Ado-Ekiti, the state capital and other strategic locations across the state by some political groups, urging him to join the race in view of what they described as his good leadership traits.
Reacting to the development, the minister appreciated the calls from pressure groups, but told them that he would rather be focused on his current assignment as a minister where he is helping President Buhari to achieve his goals for Nigerians.
“I’m aware of people asking me to contest the governorship of Ekiti State in 2022.
“With every sense of humility and respect, I want to thank them for believing in me. However, I must state that I am not interested in running for the office of governor again.
“As a leader, it was a privilege to serve Ekiti as its first executive governor where I did my best, leaving behind verifiable legacy projects.
“My interest now is to continue playing my leadership role of ensuring that our state is peaceful, well governed and to encourage the next generation of leaders to emerge.
“At the federal level, I’m engaged in the responsibilities of my office as a minister and how to ensure that the economic diversification goals of President Buhari for the country are achieved during this second term.
“‘At all times, I will be available to offer my advice, support and encouragement to Nigerians who are serving and those who crave to serve in capacities, especially those of Ekiti extraction,” Adebayo said.