Atiku’s Running Mate: PDP Dismisses Reports of Wike’s Selection

by Opeyemi Alimi
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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked the speculations that its Selection Committee has settled for Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.

This was disclosed, on Wednesday, by the major opposition party National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, saying the reports in the media that the PDP has picked Wike could only be in the realm of rumour.

Recall that earlier reports suggested that the PDP Selection Committee, had yesterday, met to fulfill its mandate of recommending a running mate for the party’s flagbearer in the 2023 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking on the development in Abuja, Mr Ologunagba said the National Working Committee is currently looking into the matter and consulting, in order to consider the best vice presidential candidate for the party in the 2023 elections.

In his words:

“We have a process as a party, because we are organic. We follow through the processes. We recognize the importance of participatory democracy, ensuring that every stakeholder and organ of the party is involved in our decision-making process,”

“This is the beginning of the process, consideration and advisory body need to get to the level where, in consultation with the presidential candidate, they will deliberate on who is most suitable. That process is ongoing, so any report of a particular candidate at this point is probably premature,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ologunagba, who emphasized that PDP has kickstarted its process, informed that the NWC will be meeting today (Wednesday) at 11 AM, saying that it is expected that the advisory board will be considered.

“We do our things in processes, the process doesn’t just come like you press a computer and get an answer. We follow the process, because human elements are involved, with interests and concerns. We have considered all interests of the country, particularly in terms of unity and capacity,” he said.

Recall Vanguard also reported that the PDP selection committee had recommended the Rivers State governor after 13 of 17 members, who attended the meeting at the PDP National Secretariat, yesterday, voted in favour of Wike. At the meeting, three members voted for others, while the chairman, who can only vote when there is a tie, did not vote.

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