2023: Fayemi Disowns Aide Over Remark On Age Limit For Presidential Aspirants

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has distanced himself from a trending report which quoted him as saying there won’t be room for aspirants above 60 years of age to vie for president in 2023.

Fayemi on Friday disowned his Special Adviser on Federal Matters, Makinde Araoye, who issued the statement on Thursday.

“One thing I can tell you is that we the Nigerian youths are not going to allow anyone above the age of 60 years to run for president. Nigerians have suffered enough. Enough is enough. It is not by saying, we have to go into action and we have to mobilise,” Araoye was reported to have said on behalf of his boss.

THE WHISTLER earlier reported that a 2023 presidential aspirant, Doyin Okupe, had slammed Fayemi over the statement, describing it as “Dictatorial, UNCONSTITUTIONAL and a gross violation of Fundamental Human Rights of Nigerian citizens in that age bracket.”

But Governor Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, has said that Araoye spoke at the event in his own capacity and not on behalf of Fayemi.

The disclaimer reads, “The attention of the Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi has been drawn to a news report which is also being circulated across social media with the headline “No Room for Presidential Aspirant above 60 years- Fayemi” and other variants.

“An aide of the Governor, Mr. Makinde Araoye, was reported to have made the statement during a National Youth Summit and Conference organised by the Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC) in Abuja on Thursday. Mr. Araoye spoke in his personal capacity at the event, hence the purported statement is at best his personal views and not representative of Governor Fayemi’s position.

“As a matter of fact, the view is in conflict with Governor Fayemi’s well-known position on political participation. He is one of the leaders of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), that is not fixated on the zoning of presidential and other elective positions.

“Dr. Fayemi is on record to have stated repeatedly and unequivocally that nobody should be discriminated against by virtue of age, where they come from, religious affiliation or cultural background. He believes the electorate, rather than any artificial impediment, should determine who gets their mandate as President, Governor or other elective positions.

“Therefore, Mr. Araoye, who at the onset of his presentation at the event clarified that he was speaking in his personal capacity, couldn’t be speaking the mind of Governor Fayemi.

“Accordingly, members of the public are hereby urged to disregard the statement which was inadvertently credited to Governor Fayemi. Dr. Fayemi, as a leader and public office holder, believes in fairness and equity. He is a firm believer in constitutionalism and constitutional provisions regarding elections and aspiration to public offices in the country.

“Above all, Dr. Fayemi does not believe that age is necessarily a factor for performance in public office, and as a leader, he comports himself in a manner befitting the office he holds and does not engage in frivolous and divisive talk.”

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