A panel of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), has recommended Nyesom Wike as the first option for Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.
The panel on Monday said the Rivers state governor as the vice-presidential candidate will do better for the ticket than his main challengers, according to two sources familiar with the decision.
Consequently, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta was recommended as the second-best politician to pair with Mr Abubakar; while Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom was placed third.
Loconaija gathered that the Chairman of the PDP Governor’s Forum endorsed the decision to prioritise Mr Wike on the list of key vice-presidential options for Mr Atiku. Governors, board of trustee members and the national working committee officials made contributions to the list.
“They were recommended based on their individual strength,” a source said.
The running mate option has been a close contest between Messrs Wike and Okowa, who was initially seen as a shoo-in for Mr Abubakar until recently when Mr Wike began showing keen interest.
Mr Abubakar has reportedly promised Mr Okowa the ticket since last year, and when Mr Wike sought the presidential ticket against Mr Abubakar, the choice was deemed easy. But the rivalry became apparent last week when Mr Okowa issued a statement saying only God could stop him from emerging Mr Abubakar’s running mate.
It was not immediately clear whether or not the committee’s decision would prevail. Mr Abubakar has yet to disclose his final decision, and a spokesman did not immediately return a request seeking comments.
There are other panels and think-tanks making recommendations to Mr Abubakar on his running mate choice, Peoples Gazette understands.
The development came more than two weeks after Mr Abubakar was confirmed as the presidential candidate of the main opposition body, clearing the path for a showdown with Bola Tinubu, presidential flagbearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
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