The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, Dr Olajide Adediran, popularly called Jandor, has reacted to reports of him picking Nollywood actress Funke Akindele as his running mate ahead of the 2023 gubernatorial election.
Jandor dismissed the speculations while clarifying the trending reports on social media on Wednesday.
He said, “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.”
According to Vanguard, the process of selecting a credible running mate, who would add value to the ticket, was ongoing, and the organ of the party and all critical stakeholders were involved in the process.
Akindele, from the Ikorodu division, was said to be on top of the list, which comprises other four names as potential running mates 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.
The Head of Media and Communications, Jandor 2023 Campaign Team, Gbenga Ogunleye, said, “the report is not true. Not officially announced.
“This could be an insinuation from party members.”
The aforementioned publication reported that a source said, “She is from Ikorodu and Lagos East Senatorial District like the incumbent Deputy Governor.
“She is also from the royal family in the town.”