The Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has changed gear as he is now seeking to be president in 2019. He had earlier claimed he would run again in 2018 and continue the remainder of his first term truncated in 2005.
On Monday, he launched his presidential campaign on Facebook.
Fayose had initially said he would approach the Supreme Court to determine his eligibility to run again for the office of governor of his state because of his inability to complete his first term in office.
But that would have been a pipe dream as he has been sworn in twice to the governorship and therefore constitutionally barred to contest a third time.
The governor, whose impeachment then had been declared null and void by the Supreme Court, had said there was need to finish his first four years in office.
Fayose is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum. He was one of the two governors in the party who spoke vehemently against the continued stay in office of the former National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Ironically, the governor was also among the few governors who brought the former governor of Borno State to the office of the national chairman of the former ruling party.
The PDP had zoned the position of the party’s presidential candidate to the northern part of the country.
It is, however, not clear if the party would go back on this, but analysts believed that Fayose could be positioning himself for the position of running mate for the party’s presidential candidate.
The three organs of the party, which are the Expanded National Caucus, Board of Trustees and the National Executive Committee, met in Abuja in Monday. The meeting continues on Tuesday.