- The emergence of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state as Atiku Abubakar's running make has led to disagreement between members of the PDP supporting Governor Nyesom Wike
- In a twist, the ruling APC leaders are making big moves to woo Wike into joining their party amid internal crisis rocking the PDP and pressure on Atiku to pick the Rivers governor as his running mate
- In a new development, the former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, revealed recently that Wike wanted more than just the VP slot
A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has said clear the air regarding Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the vice presidential slot of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to The Punch, he noted that Wike made it clear that he was not interested in becoming the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2023 general election.
Lamido explained that Wike, who contested the presidential primary of the PDP, said he was not using the primary to negotiate for a VP slot.
Lamido gives reason
The Jigawa governor, who said he was a member of the committee that recommended three persons for presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, however, said the former vice president was not obliged to the committee’s advice.
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“I was on the panel. Now, the criteria the members of that committee might have used might have been confined within the walls of the PDP, but they chose somebody for Nigeria not for the PDP.
“If the whole thing is going to be centered on the PDP, by the time we have an in-house thing, we may lose the election, no problem, but then, whatever we do, we are going to bring it outside and tell Nigerians that this is what we are giving them, that was what we did."
2023: Atiku’s absence sends wrong signal, as PDP’s crisis escalates
The absence of Atiku Abubakar from the country has reportedly heightened the crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to a report, there has been a growing disorder in the PDP following Atiku’s preference for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state over the party favourite, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
Since then, Atiku has proceeded abroad on vacation and has not returned despite the heated crisis lingering within several quarters of the party.
2023: Peter Obi finally reveals what transpired between him, Wike, failed talks with Kwankwaso
The former governor of Anambra also disclosed that he rejected the offer of the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to be his running mate because he is capable of being the head.
It was reported that that Obi spoke on Wednesday, July 6, while featuring on Arise TV's morning show.