The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Lagos State, Dr. Olajide Adediran, popularly called Jandor, has dismissed the allegations that Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, widely known as ‘Jenifa’, has been chosen as his deputy in the 2023 polls.
Jandor made the clarification following trending report on social media on Wednesday, claiming that he had finally settled for Akindele as his Deputy.
“I haven’t chosen nor announced Funke Akindele as my running mate.
“However, that stage will come in due course when an official public announcement will be made,” Jandor stated when contacted for clarification.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the process of selection of a credible candidate as running mate, who will add value to the ticket, was ongoing and the organ of the party, as well as all critical stakeholders, were involved in the process.
The Lagos State chapter of PDP had commenced the process for the selection of a running mate for Jandor, which was in line with Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) guidelines on elections.
Akindele, from Ikorodu division, was said to be on top of the list, which comprises other four names as potential running mate for Jandor.
Two of the shortlisted candidates – Rhodes-Vivour and Kolawole – are from Lagos West, the same senatorial district with Jandor, hence, negatively affecting reducing their chances.
Also, a picture of Jandor and Akindele had surfaced and gone viral.
However, it was gathered that the actress was only nominated as a potential running mate, while the decision on who will run with the governorship candidate is yet to be determined.
According to Head of Media and Communications, Jandor 2023 Campaign Team, Gbenga Ogunleye, “the report is not true. Not officially announced.
“This could be an insinuation from party members.”