Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has come under intense pressure to pick Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi as his running mate.
Ajayi, who dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the PDP last month on the back of a rancorous dispute with Gov Rotimi Akeredolu came second in the PDP primary.
He polled 657 votes, trailing Jegede, who polled 888 votes.
The Nation said Jegede is being pestered with request to pick the deputy governor as his running mate by PDP chieftains, citing alleged Ajayi’s big political clout.
Their demand the paper said, has not sat well with the flag-bearer who is said to have reservation about it.
“Some PDP national leaders, including a governor from the Northwest have been talking to Jegede on the need to pick Ajayi as his running mate.
“They stressed that apart from the fact that Ajayi is a grassroots 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.
“But Jegede reportedly told them that it would be difficult for him to accept their offer because he does not want someone who would be working behind to oust him from office if he eventually becomes a governor,” it quoted an unnamed source as saying.