Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has withdrawn from the running to become President 2019, one year after declaring his intention.
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 (PDP) 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.
Fayose said, “I dropped the presidential ambition because of the stolen mandate was 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.”
The two visiting presidential aspirants assured PDP members that the party would regain power in 2019.
They urged the Ekiti delegates to consider their candidature so as to make the dream become a reality.