The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo says he is not interested in the governorship race of Ekiti State come 2022.
The Minister, who first governed Ekiti State democratically between 1999 and 2003 made this known on Monday in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Julius Toba-Jegede.
Otunba Adebayo was reacting to the recent erection of some billboards with his pictures across Ado Ekiti, the state capital and other strategic locations across the state by some political groups, calling on him to join the race in view of what they described as his good leadership traits.
He said though he appreciated the various calls from the groups, he would rather be focused on his current assignment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where he is helping President Mohammadu Buhari to achieve his goals for all Nigerians during this second term.
“I am aware of the recent development where people are agitating for 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 but I must state clearly that I am not interested in the race for personal reasons.
“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 roles of ensuring that our dear state is peaceful, well governed and to encourage the next generation of leaders to emerge.
“At the federal level, I am currently engaged with the responsibilities of my office as a Minister and how to ensure that the economic diversification goals of President Mohammadu Buhari for the country are achieved during this second term.
According to him, “‘At all times, I will be available to offer my advice, supports and encouragement to all Nigerians who are serving and those who crave to serve in various capacities, especially those of Ekiti extraction the Minister said.