Outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose was the first to declare his interest in President Buhari’s job.

But he has become the first to drop out of the race.

Perhaps, he has seen how slim his chances could be with some other political heavy weights who are also interested in Buhari’s job.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Fayose said on Saturday that he was discontinuing his 2019 presidential ambition.

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The governor was one of the earliest persons in the country to indicate intention to contest for the nation’s number one position early in the year, in spite of warnings that that the party zoned the position to the North.

He dropped the hint on Friday when he received the duo of former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and former minister, Kabir Turaki Taminu, (both presidential aspirants) who came to lobby him and delegates in the state PDP.

He said he had to drop the ambition as mark of sympathy and concern for his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka who lost in the last gubernatorial election in the state.

“I dropped the presidential ambition because of the stolen mandate freely given to my deputy

“As a good leader, I cannot abandon my loyal deputy whose mandate was stolen by the APC and be pursuing another ambition

“My posters are there in a room. I am committed to the recovery of the mandate for now more than anything else,” he said.

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