GOVERNOR Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has revealed the criteria that will form the basis for selection of a running mate by presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Akeredolu spoke on Monday evening when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
He said Tinubu is between a rock and hard place over the choice of a running because a lot of factors have to be considered.
Akeredolu noted that factors like zone, loyalty and the area with the highest votes were critical to selection of substantive vice president, adding that these factors have made it painstaking for APC flagbearer to pick a running mate.
“The circumstance Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu has found himself now, that’s a major of what I’ll call ground-wetting. For instance, he’ll not pick from the South. So he’s left to make a choice from the North.
“Because he’s from the South he won’t pick from South-East or South-South, because he’s from the South-West he has to pick from the North.
“And when you look at the North, a lot of factors will have to come into play. Some will say ‘pick from North West’ But North West, that’s where the President now comes from.
“Will they have a second bite whether as vice or anything? Some will argue ‘why not pick from the North East?’ That’s a factor to be considered.
“Others can argue, ‘why not pick from North Central?’ So, another factor to be considered is ‘okay, where do you get votes?’
“So many factors, but under these circumstances, I think he is probably left with North Central and North East probably because so many factors can come into play.
“So, in determining who you pick at the end of the day, you have to look at loyalty. Will this person be loyal or will he be there to undermine you? Those are issues you’ll have to consider very seriously.”
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