2023: Atiku is said to have chosen Governor Nyesom Wike as his running mate
- There are indications that a joint Atiku-Wike ticket under the PDP in the 2023 general election is in sight
- Wike’s choice as Atiku’s running mate is already causing a stir in party ranks
- Many PDP leaders reportedly back a repeat of Atiku-Peter Obi’s presidential ticket in 2023
FCT, Abuja- A report by Business Day newspaper says that former Vice President and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Platform presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has chosen Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as his running mate to instead of Peter Obi.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, an economist, was Atiku’s running mate in the 2019 general election.
Sources cited in the report say Atiku’s decision to get rid of Obi was due to him allegedly making few financial contributions to the 2019 campaign sack as well as his inability to win his state. ‘Anambra and the southeast for the party in the presidential election.
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A source from the Atiku campaign team quoted in the report said:
“Before the 2019 elections, Governor Peter Obi did not have a strong political structure outside the southeast. People loved him because of his vast knowledge of economics, winning an election goes beyond all of that.
“For example, since leaving office and joining the PDP, he has not been able to win his gubernatorial candidates in the state. Although he is brilliant and speaks good grammar, interprets economics very well, winning an election is much more than that. How much did he bring to the table?
“To run an election successfully in this country, you need money, connections, a strong and broad political structure, etc., and you will find them in abundance in Nyesom Wike. He is good everyday material and he is not the kind of man you leave behind especially if you want to win elections in Nigeria.
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Some other sources close to the party hierarchy said the issue was part of the discussions at the recent PDP Governors Forum meeting hosted by Wike in Port Harcourt.
It was understood that the governor took the opportunity to seek the support of his colleagues for the Atiku-Wike 2023 ticket; a problem that many of those present would have fought.
A few weeks before the meeting, Wike had visited some of the PDP governors to personally invite them to the meeting.
2023: Ohanaeze Ndigbo insists on the Igbo presidency
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has again insisted that power must shift to the southeast in the 2023 presidential election.
The group’s general chairman, Professor George Obiozor, warned on Thursday January 27 that any attempt to abandon the north/south political rotation arrangement would plunge Nigeria into a political crisis.
He urged the ruling All Progressive Congress, PDP and other political parties to respect the political rotation.
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The PDP warned against presenting a candidate for the presidency of the North in 2023
Similarly, the PDP was warned against fielding a presidential candidate by a political advocacy group, Reset Nigeria.
The group made this call in a press release published on Monday, January 14 and sent to Legit.ng.
The group said the PDP risked a mass exodus of members and extinction if it failed to field a presidential candidate from southern Nigeria, in line with the idea of a rotating presidency between north and south.