…As PDP c’ttee recommends Gov.
There are indications that the South-East geo-political zone may have lost out in the battle to produce the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) Presidential candidate, as the committee may have named Nyesom Wike, as his running mate.
The Committee on Atiku’s running mate, we gathered voted 16 to 3 votes in favour of Governor Nyesom Wike, of Rivers State, and runner-up to Atiku in the PDP presidential primary.
The committee was earlier given the task to come up with three names for consideration as Atiku’s running mate by the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
It was gathered from a source close to the committee that the Committee listed Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state, before finally settling for Governor Wike
The source revealed that the committee had to settle for Governor Wike, following his contributions to the development of the party.
The PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, while addressing the committee headed by Deputy National Chairman, Umaru Damagun, earlier tasked the committee to come up with Atiku’s running mate for the party’s consideration.
It was gathered that at the end of the meeting, each member “had to sign to the final decision”.
Ayu had stated that the PDP Presidential candidate wrote the party to come up with their choice of his running mate. He disclosed that Atiku who would have been at the meeting was unavoidably absent because he “dashed out”.
He noted that Atiku ensured that the various organs of the party are well represented in his committee, including members of the National Working Committee, (NWC) and the Governors Forum. Others include members of the National Assembly and the former governors, who are to put forward their candidates.
He further noted that the “presidential candidate this time has decided to carry everybody along, unlike 2019 when he didn’t consult widely in his choice of running mate”.
Members of the committee include former Senate President, David Mark; House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu; Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed and Philip Aduda.
Others include former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido; former Cross-Rivers State governor, Liyel Imoke, and former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko.
Also included are the PDP National Secretary, Sam Anyanwu, and National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature.