Sunday, 9 September 2018

FAYOSE DROPS PRESIDENTIAL RACE TO FIGHT EKITI RIGGING


Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has announced the withdrawal of his ambition to contest for the office of the President in 2019.


Fayose made this known on Saturday while receiving two presidential aspirants; former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and former minister, Taminu Turaki, who came to lobby him and delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

He said he had to drop the ambition as a mark of sympathy and concern for his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, who lost in the last gubernatorial election in the state.

He said:

“I dropped the presidential ambition because of the stolen mandate freely given to my deputy. As a good leader, I cannot abandon my loyal deputy whose mandate was stolen by the APC and be pursuing another ambition.

“My posters are there in a room. I am committed to the recovery of the mandate, for now, more than anything else.” 


 NAN reports that before now, Fayose had not only opened campaign offices but also came out with branded vehicles to campaign for the presidential slot.

Fayose said he was no longer motivated to pursue his dream of becoming the nation’s president since the mandate freely given to his deputy,  Prof Kolapo Olusola, by the people, was allegedly stolen by the All Progressives Congress.

He said,
 “As a good leader,  I cannot abandon my loyal deputy whose mandate was stolen by the APC and be pursuing another ambition. My posters are there in a room. I am committed to the recovery of the mandate.”

In his remarks, Kwankwaso admitted that the APC, which he was part of, made a mistake in its change mantra by picking President Muhammadu Buhari, as its candidate.

“We all know what is happening as a result of the change we made. We regretted it and it was a mistake. We must change the change.

“With your support and the support of the others, PDP will sack APC in 2019 and form the government at the centre.”
The two visiting presidential aspirants assured PDP members in Ekiti that the party would regain power in 2019.

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