By Omotayo Iyanda, Akure
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, is under pressure to pick the state deputy governor, Mr. Agboola Ajayi as his running mate for the October 10 governorship election in the state.
Sources within the PDP in Ondo State said some leaders of the party in the state are making moves to ensure that the deputy governor serves as Jegede’s running mate.
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.
The sources hinted 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.
One of the sources 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 grassroot 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.”
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.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor, Ajayi, has assured that he was not going to leave the PDP for any political party, despite loosing the primary election.
Speaking through his campaign organization’s Director-General, Dr. Kola Ademujimi, the deputy governor expressed appreciation to his supporters for their loyalty.
He assued them that said he would remain in PDP.