PDP c’ttee recommends Wike as Atiku’s running mate, APC leaves picking to Tinubu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Selection Committee, saddled with the responsibility of recommending a running mate for its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday recommended the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike as its vice-presidential candidate.
After 13 of 17 members who attended the meeting at the PDP National Secretariat, voted in favour of Wike, three voted for others, while the chairman who can only vote when there is a tie did not vote.
A source at the PDP meeting revealed that: “The panel initially trimmed the list to three, including Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, and Udom Emmanuel. When the names were subjected to further scrutiny and put to vote, 16 out of 19 voted in Wike’s favour. With his track record of loyalty to the party and performance at our just-concluded presidential primaries, most of us felt this is the right thing to do.”
However, the final decision on the eventual running mate remains the prerogative of the party candidate who is currently out of the country.
Earlier in his remarks, the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, expressed confidence that the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will on or before Friday, present a running mate Nigerians will relate well with and vote into office.
The meeting had in attendance the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal; Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed; Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom; former Senate President, David Mark; former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko; former Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke; Senator Philip Aduda; Deputy National Chairman (North), Umar Damagun; and Mr Ndudi Elumelu among others.
On the other hand, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will unilaterally decide who his running mate would be.
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State disclosed this to journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, that
Meanwhile, the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria has warned the APC against fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket, saying it would not augur well for peace and unity in the country.
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