The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said he will no longer contest the 2019 presidential election because the All Progressives Congress (APC) rigged the last governorship election in the state.
Fayose had declared interest in becoming Nigeria’s president last September, vowing to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in a free and fair election.
But the Governor, speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said he has decided to put his ambition aside and face the petition filed by Kolapo Olusola, his deputy and gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, in the last governorship election.
“Governor Ayodele Fayose has decided to bury his ambition because of the last Ekiti governorship election that was rigged by the APC and we have already filed a petition at the tribunal.
“So presently, the governor is more concerned in getting back the mandate of his deputy, Professor Eleka, than his presidential bid.
“That’s the preoccupation for now, so for that reason, he has decided to put his ambition aside, and face the petition in the tribunal and make sure the PDP gets its mandate back,” Adelusi said.