There are strong indications that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives may endorse River State’s governor, Nyesom Wike, as the running mate of the presidential flag bearer of the party, Atiku Abubakar.
This came to the fore after a member of the caucus, Busayo Oluwole Oke, in a statement, disclosed that key colleagues would meet in Abuja today to take the decision.
According to him, the members, comprising party faithful across the six geo-political zones, had already resolved to endorse Wike after seriously considering his contribution to the growth of the party over the years.
Oke, who chairs the House Committee on Public Accounts, explained that the caucus will meet with Atiku and convey their position to him, adding that Wike is a fighter for true federalism, highly detribalised, and defender of Nigeria’s constitution.
He said: “We, the Progressives at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly, under the umbrella of our great party, the PDP, are meeting on Monday in Abuja to endorse the candidature of the River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as the vice-presidential candidate of our party.
“We have been watching with keen interest all his activities over the years. We have also assessed his ability and capability in all the spheres of life, and we have seen in him all what the party needs to win the presidential poll in 2023. With our presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku, leading, we have total confidence in the duo.
“Wike’s achievements as governor of River State is of public knowledge, and towers above others in the land. He is a fighter for true federalism, highly detribalised, and a defender of our Constitution.
“While we respect the right of the presidential candidate to choose the person he wants, his decision to embark on wider consultation is commendable, and a sign of a true democrat.
“The caucus will meet with our presidential flag bearer to convey our position to him almost immediate”.