Lucky Aiyedatiwa, deputy governor of Ondo state, says that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu will direct the state on who will emerge as the presidential candidate of the 2023 Congress of All Progressives (APC).
Aiyedatiwa made this known on Thursday in a statement made available to journalists by Mr. Oladipupo Okunniga, Special Assistance to the Governor on New Media.
He said this while hosting the leaders of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) 2023 on behalf of the Governor.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that SWAGA is one of the groups advocating for the emergence of APC’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as the next president of Nigeria.
Aiyedatiwa, who praised the group, declared SWAGA a “great movement”.
He also described Tinubu as a friend of the Ondo state and a nationalist who suits everyone regardless of ethnic-religious background, an attribute the incoming president must possess in order to unite Nigeria.
“APC National Leader Asiwaju Tinubu is phenomenal and a leader of leaders whose backgrounds are there for all to see.
“I am a man under authority, we only have one voice from our governor (Akeredolu), he is the one who can speak or make a pronouncement.
“But I can assure you (SWAGA) that, Ondo State will not be passive.
“We will be very active with the process that brings about the emergence of the APC candidate in the 2023 presidential primaries and the actual election,” Aiyedatiwa said.
Earlier, the group, led by the national president, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, said it was the South’s turn to introduce the country’s president in 2023.
Adeyeye, who explained that the zoning of the highest office would foster national unity, said that a sense of belonging should be given to each part of the country.
“The rotation of power is a pact between us, hence the need to transfer power to the South,” he said.
The prominent leaders of the team were also the Vice President, Senator Rilwan Akanbi, Senator Tony Adeniyi, Mr. Abiodun Akinlade, Mr. Ifedayo Abegunde, Princess Ayo Omidiran and Mr. Oye Ojo.
Others were Mr. Oloruntoba Oke, Mr. Rotimi Makinde, Mr. Bayo Sanwo-Olu, Mr. Deji Jakande, Mr. Lanre Odubote, Kenny St Brown and others.