Ekiti state Governor Ayodele Fayose has boasted that he will defeat incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari 2019 provided presidential election is free and fair.
Speaking at a ceremony where he made his interest known, Fayose said having defeated two incumbents in his state, he is sure of defeating Buhari with the support of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He also said as Nigeria’s longest-serving governor — having worked under former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan and now Buhari, he has what it takes to emerge Nigeria’s next president.
“My party leaders, standing before you is Peter (The Rock) Ayodele Fayose, the man already destined by God to take Nigeria out of the present political and economic stagnation,” he said.
“I do not stand before Nigerians today to present myself as one with the answers to all our national questions. Rather, I present myself as one with the required knowledge, understanding, competence and, above all, the political will to coordinate the human and material resources that we have in abundance to achieve national greatness.
“Twice, I defeated incumbents to become the governor of Ekiti state and I am confident that with your support as my party leaders and supporters, I will defeat the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, in a free and fair election.”
He took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) government, saying “like they lied to win the election, the government of Buhari has been deceitful for over two years”.
Fayose promised that not only will Nigeria’s economy be revived under him through diversification to agriculture, there will also be “adequate supply of power and massive industrialization, thereby creating employment for our youth”.
He said: “With me as your president, you can be rest assured of a government that will be responsive to your needs. You are guaranteed a federal government that will relate with all Nigerians not on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political affiliations and the percentage of votes but on equity and justice as citizens of one nation, one people, and one destiny.”