PDP Governorship flag bearer in Ondo State is in presure of picking runnig

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, may be under
serious pressure to pick the state deputy governor, Mr
Agboola Ajayi, as his running mate for the October 10
governorship election in the state.
This is even as the deputy governor, Me Ajayi has assured
that he was not ready to leave the PDP for any other political
party despite loosing the primary election.
Ajayi who spoke through the Director General of his
campaign Organization, Dr Kola Ademujimi which
appreciating his supporters for their loyalty said he would
remain in PDP.
Sources within the PDP in Ondo State said there are moves
by some leaders of the party to ensure that serves as
Jegede’s running mate.
Already, it was gathered that the party is considering zoning
the deputy governorship position to Ondo South senatorial
district where Ajayi hails from.
Jegede, an indigene of Akure in the central senatorial district,
it was learnt has not made up his mind on the choice of his
running mate.
Ajayi who dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress
(PDP) for the PDP last month was the first runner up at the
PDP primary.
A source told newsmen that some leaders of the party are
favourably disposed to the choice of Ajayi because of his
popularity, having polled a reasonable votes at the party’s
primary election despite joining the race late.
The source said “Some PDP national leaders including a
governor from the North West geo political zone have been
talking to Jegede on the need to pick Ajayi as his running
mate.
“They emphasized on the point that the National leadership
of the party does not want a situation whereby Ajayi, who
defected as a sitting Deputy Governor feels neglected after
the primary.
“They also stressed that apart from the fact that Ajayi is a
grass root mobiliser, Jegede needs a running mate that can
match whoever is picked by the APC as Akeredolu’s running
mate from the southern senatorial district,” the source added.
According to him, a five man reconciliation committee is to
be set up by the PDP National Working Committee with a
view to holding discussions with the duo of Jegede and Ajayi
in the next one week to harmonise interests before the issue
of running mate will be laid to rest.


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