There were indications that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the forthcoming Ondo guber election, Barr.Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) may pick his running mate for the November 26 poll this week.
To this end, the party has set up a five-man committee to screen the prospective Deputy Governorship candidate of the party.
The committee, which has the only female governorship aspirant of the party, Mrs Jumoke Anifowose as the chairperson, has Dr Tunji Abayomi, Hon Victor Adekanye Olabimtan, Dr Ayo Akinyelure, Mr Bankole Oluwajana, Dr Shaba and Mr Wale Akinterinwa as members.
LEADERSHIP learnt that the committee would screen the aspirants and recommend prospective running mate to Akeredolu.
It was also learnt that no fewer than 19 persons have shown interest in the slot opened to Ondo South and Central senatorial districts.
According to LEADERSHIP findings, some of those who have shown interest in the deputy governorship position are Hon. Sam Aderoboye, a former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly; embattled Publicity Secretary of the APC in th estate, Omooba Abayomi Adesanya; Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa, the APC’s candidate for Ilaje/Eseodo Federal Constituency in the last general election and Engr. Boye Adegbemisoye, a former Chairman of Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government and Commissioner for Public Utilities.
Also been considered are Chief Donal Omotayo Alasoadura, Mr Ifedayo Abegunde, a former House of Representatives representing Akure South and North Federal Constituency and Engr. Ade Adetimehin, the Deputy Chairman of the party in the state. Addressing journalists on the issue at the weekend, the candidate of the party, Barrister Rotimi Akeredolu assured that the party will decide on the issue of his running mate this week.
His words: “What happens normally about the issue of running mate is that , we set up a search party and they meet with those who are interested and few people have to be recommended and we will sit down with the party and look at the pros and coin and the value that could be added to the ticket.
“We can assure you that by next week, we will conclude the issue of Deputy Governors. “