Ayodele Fayose, the outgoing governor of Ekiti state has publicly stated why he would not be pursuing his presidential ambition in 2019 general election.
The governor, who was the first to indicate his interest to lead the country in the next political era, said he dropped the ambition as a mark of sympathy and concern for his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, who lost in the last gubernatorial election in Ekiti.
NIGERIA NEWS gathers that Fayose gave the declaration when he received the duo of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and former minister Kashim Taminu, on Saturday, September 8.
In his words, the governor said he could not abandon his loyal deputy whose mandate was stolen by the APC and be pursuing another ambition.
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.”
In a related development, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that Makarfi said Nigeria is led by “drowning men”. The former Kaduna state governor made this comment when he visited the PDP national secretariat to submit his nomination form for the 2019 presidential election.