EKITI State governor Kayode Fayemi said he has not stepped down from the race for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Fayemi spoke through a statement by his campaign spokesperson Femi Ige on Friday in reaction to rumours that he had stepped down for the vice president.
While describing the rumours as total rubbish, Ige said the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) was “favourably positioned” to clinch the presidential ticket.
He said that Fayemi has the backing of “real stakeholders” in the APC.
“It is absolute rubbish. No meeting took place between us and any aspirant about stepping down,” the statement reads.
“We are undoubtedly among the leading aspirants for the position and one to watch in the race.
“Our candidate has deep trust and respect among political leaders in the party and also from fellow governors who form a critical mass in the decision making process.
He asked Fayemi’s supporters to remain calm and focused, adding that they should not lose faith because of the lies fabricated by political detractors.
The campaign spokesperson added that there was no amount of late night de-marketing that would work against the Kayode Fayemi Presidential project.