Veteran Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele and other four individuals have been shortlisted as potential running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Olajide Adediran politically known as Jandor.
Other four shortlisted candidates include; former governorship aspirant, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour; former Senatorial candidate for Lagos East, Yeye Shobajo, another governorship aspirant, David Kolawole Vaughan known as DAKOVA, and Engr. Teslim Balogun.
A picture of Jandor and Akindele had gone viral on Friday, suggesting that the Nollywood actress had been chosen as the deputy governorship candidate.
Meanwhile, checks by Daily Trust indicated 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 taken.
Daily Trust learnt that a committee has been set up to screen the aspirants and come up with the most suitable candidate to be the running mate to Jandor.
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As of the time of filing this report, a meeting of stakeholders of the party is ongoing to select one of the nominees.
Our source learnt that two of the shortlisted candidates – Rhodes-Vivour and Kolawole – are from Lagos West, the same senatorial district with Jandor, hence reducing their chances.
Yeye Shobajo and Funke Akindele are from East while Balogun is from Lagos Central.
A source said there is a strong case being made for a woman to be shortlisted as the running mate.
A chieftain of the party who spoke with our source on the condition of anonymity said consultation is ongoing to nominate the most suitable aspirant.
One of the criteria being considered, he said, was the clout of the potential candidate[carousel_slide id='8496']