- After Atiku met him earlier on Monday, May 30, Governor Nyesom Wike said he will fully support the former VP to win the presidency in 2023
- The Rivers state governor had on Saturday, May 28, lost the presidential ticket of the PDP to Atiku at the primary held in Abuja
- Despite the defeat, Governor Wike said he cannot abandon the PDP and will back Atiku to succeed President Buhari in 2023
FCT, Abuja - Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has vowed to keep his promise by supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Wike and others lost the PDP presidential ticket to Atiku at the primary conducted in Abuja on Saturday, May 28.
However, shortly before voting commenced at the special national convention of the PDP on Saturday, the Rivers state governor promised to support anyone that emerges victorious from among the aspirants.
Eventually, Atiku clinched the ticket, polling 371 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Governor Wike, who polled 237 votes.
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Presidency 2023: Atiku visits Wike
After his victory at the presidential primary, Atiku earlier on Monday, May 30, paid a visit to Wike at his Abuja residence to further solicit the governor’s support.
Among those in attendance was the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, who also contested the PDP presidential ticket.
I cannot abandon PDP, I will support Atiku, says Wike
“I made a vow to the Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria that I will support whoever emerges from the #PDPPresidentialPrimaries and I am not going to go back on my word.
“We cannot abandon the PDP, we will be fully supporting Atiku Abubakar.”
2023 presidency: Shehu Sani advises Atiku on choice of running mate
In another report, Senator Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central lawmaker and ex-governorship aspirant, advised Atiku on his choice of a running mate after winning the PDP presidential primary.
Taking to his Twitter page on Monday, May 30, Senator Sani advised the former vice president to choose a running mate he can work with as a team.