The South East may have lost out in the battle to produce the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) Presidential candidate, as committee may have named Nyesom Wike, as his running mate.
The Committee on Atiku’s running mate, according to source voted 16 to 3 votes in favour Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and runner up to Atiku in the PDP presidential primary.
The committee was earlier given the task to come up with three names for consideration as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate, by the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Source close to the committee, said the Committee listed Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state, before finally settling for Governor Wike
According to the source, the committee had to settle for Governor Wike, following his contributions to the development of the party.
The National Chairman of the PDP Iyorchia Ayu, while addressing the committee headed by deputy national Chairman, Umaru Damagun, earlier, tasked the committee to come up with Atiku’s running mate for the party’s consideration.
The source noted that at the end of the meeting, each member “ had to sign the final decision”
Ayu had stated that the PDP Presidential candidate wrote the party to come up with their choice of his running mate
He disclosed that Atiku who would have been at the meeting , was unavoidably absent because he “dashed out”
Source: Business Day