The flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, has opened up about why he decided not to challenge the victory of the Governor-elect, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the November 26 gubernatorial poll.

In his Christmas message to all Christians, Jegede said, he decided to move on as a statesman despite the conspiracy against his mandate.

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The Akure born lawyer turned politician noted that the outcome was not as expected, but he decided to accept the result in the spirit of sportsmanship hence his congratulatory message to the governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN).

In his words: “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”

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“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 tiding for 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 advised

 

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