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Rivers Gov, Wike may emerge Atiku deputy as PDP panel endorses him

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Governor of Rivers State and runner-up in the recently conducted Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary, Nyesom Wike has been reportedly nominated as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the party’s flagbearer.

A panel set up by the party, comprising of former and serving governors, national working committee (NWC) members, and members of the board of trustees (BoT), were said to have nominated Wike at a meeting held on Tuesday, The Cable reported on Tuesday.

The panel was recently set up by the PDP NWC to pick a running mate for Atiku, who won the party’s presidential election.

Atiku defeated Wike, former senate president; Bukola Saraki, Akwa Ibom governor; Emmanuel Udom and Bauchi governor, Bala Mohammed among others, to clinch the PDP presidential ticket.

The ex-Vice President polled 371 votes, while Wike, his closest challenger, secured 237 votes.

It was said that the majority of members of the panel voted for Wike over the Akwa Ibom governor, as well as the governor of Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa who were also on the list for consideration.

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Speaking before members of the panel went into the closed-door meeting on Tuesday, Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the PDP, said the party is expected to announce Atiku’s running mate within 48 hours.

“I wish you a successful deliberation and I hope you come up with a conclusion between tomorrow and Friday,” he had said.

The panel is expected to transmit its recommendation to the NWC which will officially announce the decision.

All political parties are expected to submit the list of candidates for — president, vice-president, senate and the house of representatives — ahead of the 2023 general election to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by June 17.

The committee is chaired by Umar Damagum, PDP deputy national chairman (north).

Members of the committee include David Mark, former senate president; Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto; Ndudi Elumelu, minority leader of the house of representatives; Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, and Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa.

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