The deputy governor of Ondo state, Alfred Agboola Ajayi has reacted to his defeat in the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election held on Wednesday, July 22, in Ondo state, oyogist.com reports.
It should be recalled that the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) successfully conducted its governorship primary election with Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) emerging the winner.
Jegede defeated seven other aspirants, including Agboola Ajayi, the deputy governor of Ondo state who recently dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to fight for the PDP’s ticket.
The senior lawyer, who had served as the Ondo state commissioner of justice and attorney-general, polled 888 votes to dislodge-Ajayi who polled 657 votes. Accepting the loss, The embattled deputy governor who is at loggerhead with his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, said he put up a good fight but his best was not enough.
Agboola, who said he ‘had a lot of forces’ who stood against-him-in-the-shadow poll, however, Agboola said he accepted the outcome of the election in good faiths. ‘We remain undaunted and resolute about our commitment to a people-oriented government against-personalised democracy,’ Ajayi said.
“We wish the good people of Ondo State and the winner the best as we March on. For us, life goes on.”
Meanwhile, Gov Ugwuanyi, who-conducted-the-election with his colleague from Adamawa State, Rt Hon Adamu Umaru Fintiri and other members of the Electoral Committee, appreciated the aspirants and delegates for their comportment and commitment to the success of the exercise.
Gov Ugwuanyi therefore, urged all the aspirants to close ranks and work for the victory of the PDP, in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo state.
‘By the powers conferred on me as the Chairman of the Electoral-Committee and Returning-Officer for this exercise, I announce that Jegede Eyitayo Olayinka, having scored the highest votes cast and met all the requirements of our Party’s guidelines for the conduct of this election, is hereby declared the winner of the PDP Governorship Primary Election in Ondo State, and is returned elected’.
In his acceptance speech, the PDP Governorship Candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, thanked the people of Ondo State, his fellow aspirants and party delegates, for the victory. Jegede also commended the members of the Electoral Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party led by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for ‘a very transparent exercise’.