By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26, 2016 election in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has opened up on why he decided not to challenge the result of the poll.
Jegede, in a statement he issued in Akure at the weekend to felicitate with Christians over the Christmas celebration, said he decided to move on as a statesman despite the glaring conspiracy against his mandate.
He said though the outcome was not as expected, he chose to accept the result in the spirit of sportsmanship, hence his congratulatory message to Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the Governor-elect who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
“We were in the contest, neither for self-seeking nor pettiness, but for service and value. Despite the noted and obvious infractions against our mandate, it is now time to move on. Tomorrow is another day”
He expressed appreciation to Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the PDP National Leadership under Senator Ahmed Markafi, the Ondo State Executives led by Engineer Clement Faboyede, residents of Ondo State, lovers of democracy who had taken interest in the affairs of the state in recent times, the Nigerian judiciary, religious leaders, and opinion moulders.
” I appeal to PDP faithful to remain steadfast as we endure the trying times that might lie ahead. I am confident that we will in due course bounce back to reckoning with God and the people on our side”.
Jegede equally charged Christians to see Christmas beyond the annual commemoration and reflect on its lessons of love, sacrifice, sharing and redemption.
He expressed optimism that the coming year would herald good tidings for the people just as he prayed to God to bless the work of the people.
“We must learn from Christmas the imperative of love, even for adherents of other religions as this is how to promote peace and development, ” Jegede said.