Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has revealed that he was not in the know on the decision to pick Nollywood star, Funke Akindele (Jenifa) as the deputy governorship candidate for Lagos State.
He said Olajide Adeniran popularly called Jandor, the party’s governorship candidate, chose her.
George said the emergence of Funke Akindele is a breach of agreement as Jandor was expected to pick Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour based on an initial agreement adding that it was needed to set the records straight for future references.
George also denied being the one behind Rhodes-Vivour’s decision to join the Labour Party (LP).
“After their presentation here in my office, we saw that these were the best two we have (Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and Adediran), and we asked him (Adediran) pointedly here, would you work with this man as your deputy, and he said, ‘yes sir,” he said.
“Haven’t paid for the price of the form, for us to have a seamless primary, would you take him to be your running, mate, he answered ‘yes sir.”
George narrated further that it was after their discussion that Jandor later came to meet him that his mentor wants him to pick a female from Ikorodu as running mate.
In his words, “After that, he came to me to say his mentor, Denrele Ogunsayan asked him to choose a deputy from Ikorodu, a woman. I told him why didn’t tell me at the time. I’m saying this now for history because that was what transpired. I have heard rumours that I am the one sponsoring Gbadebo.
“He (Adediran) reneged on the agreement. I had to call Gbadebo’s father to tell him that this is getting a bit too dangerous. We as leaders did our utmost to ensure that we have a very seamless primary.”