The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate for Ondo State governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, will announce his running mate tomorrow, Monday, July 27.
Likely candidates are: Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi; Gboluga Ikengboju Dele; Hon. Benson Amuwa; Mrs. Banke Solton and Banji Okunomo, all from Ondo South senatorial district.
Jegede is from Ondo Central while Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu hails from Ondo North.
The idea of selecting a candidate from Ondo South, perceived stronghold of the PDP, is to strengthen his chances of winning the election.
Jegede, as alleged, is under pressure to select Deputy Governor Ajayi as his running mate.
According to reports, Ajayi’s ability to garner 657 votes in the party’s primary despite defecting to the party one month prior to the primary, has been the reason he is being tipped for the position.
Jegede, it was said to have gently rejected the choice of Ajayi.
In a radio programme in Akure, Jegede had said the choice of his running mate would be determined by all the stakeholders, including PDP leaders after due consultations.
On the other hand, Ajayi is yet to make official statement on his next political move, but has congratulated Jegede after stating he would remain with the PDP.