- Seems like Governor Nyesom Wike is on the verge of being announced as the presidential running mate of PDP flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar
- Wike at present is getting endorsements from various angles with the most recent being the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives
- The caucus thinks Wike is deserving of the position as he was described as a fighter for true federalism, highly detribalised, and defender of our constitution
An emerging report has confirmed that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives have favoured Governor Nyesom Wike as Atiku Abubakar's running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential polls, The Guardian newspaper reported.
It was gathered that revelation of the decision was made known via a statement issued by one of the caucus members of the PDP, Mr. Busayo Oluwole.
As gathered by Legit.ng, Mr. Oluwole in the statement revealed that a meeting will be staged later on Monday, June 13 to commence on final deliberations.
He disclosed that all members reached a resolution to endorse Wike following his track record as a party loyallist over the years.
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Mr. Oluwole said:
“We, the Progressives at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly, under the umbrella of our great party, the PDP, are meeting on Monday in Abuja to endorse the candidature of the River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as the vice presidential candidate of our party.
“We have been watching with keen interest all his activities over the years. We have also assessed his ability and capability in all the spheres of life, and we have seen in him all what the party needs to win the presidential poll in 2023. With our presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku, leading, we have total confidence in the duo."
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He went further to reflect on Wike's achievement as governor of Rivers state describing him as a fighter for true federalism, highly detribalised, and defender of our constitution.
Meanwhile, the caucus says it has maximum respect for the presidential aspirants in choosing his running mate.
Mr. Oluwole stated that the caucus rates Atiku highly for embarking on consultations to carry stakeholders along in selecting his running mate.
He however stated that the caucus will meet up with Atiku Abubakar to present their position on who should be his running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential elections.
2023: Atiku reportedly offers running mate slot to PDP governor
In a similar development, a media source is claiming that Atiku Abubakar has proposed to give the running mate slot to Governor Nyesom Wike.
It was gathered that some PDP governors are mounting pressures on their colleagues to accept the Rivers governor for the position.
There are reports that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state is also very interested in the same position.
2023 election: Group sues for Atiku, Wike ticket
Meanwhile, a support group within the PDP on Sunday, May 29, called for a collaboration between Atiku and Wike.
The call by the PDP frontliners followed the emergence of Atiku as the PDP's 2023 flagbearer beating Wike; former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Emmanuel Udom, Anyim Pius Anyim among others to the game.
In a statement signed by its president Hussein Mohammed; the secretary, Moses Abidemi and the publicity secretary, Dan Okafor, the PDPF said collaboration between Wike and Atiku was of great importance to the opposition party.