Senator Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West) has distanced himself from publications making the rounds and campaign posters on his alleged intention to run for the governorship of Kogi in 2023.
In a statement, Adeyemi blamed the publications linking him to the 2023 polls on his detractors.
According to him: “My attention has been drawn to online publications and physical display of posters purporting to insinuate that I, Senator Smart Adeyemi, have any intention to run for the governorship election in Kogi State by some known and unknown individuals.
“May I reiterate that I came into office as a third-term senator by the grace of the Almighty God. As at the time I joined APC it was not in my calculations to return to the chambers as a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria having served two terms successfully.
“It pleased God through the party, the electorate’s support and the leadership of our governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, that I emerged the people’s candidate with the sole aim of giving the people of Kogi West Senatorial District quality and effective representation in the red chamber, a duty I have personally strived to execute with a view to salvaging and restoring the good image of our people, locally and internationally.”
He added: “It is too early for any well-meaning indigene to begin imaginary projections for 2023. Consequently, anyone who is unilaterally engaging in such an act cannot be a friend of the state and invariably will be considered an enemy.
“The governor and the party as a whole are better placed at the relevant time to determine the way forward for Kogi State and it is our collective responsibility to continue to give them our unwavering support.”