Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, ditched Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike as his running mate over the weekend, despite the suggestion of a special panel set up by the party.
Despite the fact that the committee tasked with selecting the party’ s vice presidential candidate, which included representatives from former governors, incumbent governors, the NWC, and the Board of Trustees, agreed to allow Wike, who finished second in the presidential primaries held in Abuja last month, to run with Atiku, the former vice president chose Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.
According to the Daily Independent, the incident has produced a major schism inside the party, with several governors loyal to Wike dissatisfied with Atiku’ s decision, causing them to boycott Okowa’ s announcement as vice presidential candidate last week.
Also in Rivers State, people and political appointees who saw Atiku’ s conduct as a rejection of the state are waiting for instructions from Wike, who has remained silent on the topic. An colleague of Atiku told the Daily Independent on Sunday that they warned him about the dangers of choosing Wike as his running partner.
They all thought that appointing Wike as his running mate would jeopardize his chances in the election, especially in the country’ s northern regions, he said.
” Wike is a straightforward leader, but you don’ t talk carelessly as a politician. “
When working with a varied group of people, tact, strategy, and diplomacy are required. Do you believe that the politicians who act like fools are, in fact, fools? Wike, on the other hand, has been abusing everyone since before the presidential primaries.
” Everything Wike has said and done makes it seem as if he despises Northerners.
He’ s been saying things like the North thinks the rest of Nigerians are slaves, but he’ s not one of them.
” Don’ t forget about the suspected demolition of a mosque in Port- Trans- Amadi. ” Harcourt’ s
Despite the governor’ s denials, residents claim that a mosque was demolished on the site, and many Northerners believe them.
” You will agree with me that this is most certainly Turaki’ s last chance to run for president, and as a result, he cannot afford to take any chances. “
Tinubu is expected to win a majority of votes in the South- West, according to Atiku.
” Atiku’ s objective is to win a majority of votes in the North and a few votes in PDP strongholds in the South- South and South- East. “
The North, on the other hand, would vote for the APC with Wike as his running mate. “
A member of the PDP’ s National Working Committee (NWC) who played a key role in Okowa’ s election stated Atiku did not break any rules in choosing his running mate because he alone knows the right person to help him realize his ambition.
He further stated that choosing Governor Wike as Atiku’ s running mate may jeopardize Atiku’ s chances of winning votes in the Northern region of the country, based on Governor Wike’ s purported anti- North statements on the matter of power shift.
” Let me clarify a misunderstanding that some Nigerians have that Atiku rejected the advice of the party leadership- appointed committee to find a running mate.