Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Barr. Eyitayo Jegede, is currently under pressure to pick Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi, as his running mate, Party South caucus have revealed.
Ajayi who recently joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was the first runner up at the PDP primary by polling 657 votes, while Jegede polled 888 votes.
The South Caucus source who pleaded anonymity said Jegede is yet to open talks with Ajayi but submits that the talk may commence any time from now due to the ability of Ajayi to gather such votes within one month of joining the party.
According to the source, “Some PDP national leaders including a governor from the North West have been talking to Eyitayo Jegede on the need to pick Agboola 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 mobilisers, Jegede needs a running mate that can match whoever picked by the APC as Akeredolu’s running from the southern senatorial district.
According to him, a five man reconciliation committee is to be set up by the PDP NWC 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.
Recall, Barr. Eyitayo Jegede has called for the support and cooperation of the aspirants and other party members to ensure the party takes over the state in the main election.
He said, “By the support of the people of the state and other party members, we will take over government of Ondo come October 2020.”
He dedicated his victory to all party members and other co-aspirants and urged them to ensure they work together for the victory of the party.
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