If Nigerian politicians play politics in the spirit of sportsmanship, violence and killings, would never have been an issue. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede, has said that he decided not to challenge the result of the last governorship election won by Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress in order to move on as a statesman despite 'the glaring conspiracy' against his mandate.
According to him, though the outcome of the election was not expected, he accepted the result in the spirit of sportsmanship and sent his congratulatory message to the winner.
â€œWe were in the contest neither for self-seeking (motive) 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.â€
Jegede expressed appreciation to Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the PDP National leadership under Ahmed Markafi, the Ondo State executive of the party led by Clement Faboyede, residents of the state, the Nigerian judiciary, religious leaders, opinion molders and the media.
â€œI appeal to PDP faithful to remain steadfast as we endure the trying times that may lie ahead. I am confident that we will, in due course, bounce back to reckoning with God and the people on our side,â€ he said.
He expressed optimism that the coming year would herald good tidings for the people.