- Alfred Agboola Ajayi's governorship ambition has hit an iceberg
- Ajayi lost the Ondo PDP guber ticket to Eyitayo Jegede on Wednesday
- The deputy governor has now accepted defeat, saying he "fought a good fight" in the shadow poll
Alfred Agboola Ajayi has reacted to his defeat in the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party primary election held on Wednesday, July 22, in Ondo state.
Legit.ng recalls that the opposition party successfully conducted its governorship primary election with Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) emerging the winner.
Jegede defeated seven other aspirants, including Agboola Ajayi, the embattled 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, Ajayi who is at loggerhead with his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, said he put up a good fight but his best was not enough.
The deputy governor, who said he "had a lot of forces" who stood against him in the shadow poll, however, said he accepted the outcome of the election in good faith.
"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.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Engineer Ifeoluwa Oyedele denied allegations that he collected huge sums of money to step down for Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu before the Ondo state APC governorship primary.
While addressing his supporters on Tuesday, July 21, in Akure, the Ondo state capital, Oyedele said he took the decision in the interest of the APC.
According to him, his interest is the rebuilding of the APC and unity of the people across the state to ensure economic development.
His words: “Akeredolu has promised that he will work to correct what he did in the past. He apologised to everybody he may have offended through his actions.”