August 9, 2022

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#Wike: I solely picked higher candidate – Atiku


The presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has mentioned he didn’t decide Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, as his working mate as a result of he needed somebody he may work with “amicably”.

The previous vice-president spoke throughout a stay present with Come up TV, Friday.

The PDP candidate had earlier picked Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, as his working mate for the 2023 presidential election, regardless of the occasion’s Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) endorsing Wike for the function.

The selection had created disaster inside the occasion, with a bunch of aggrieved governors and occasion members insisting that Wike ought to be picked.

Talking on his selection of vice-presidential candidate, Atiku mentioned he selected Okowa as a substitute of Wike as a result of he needed somebody that would “ship the insurance policies of the occasion, and in addition attempt to unify the nation”.

“Governor Wike was not rejected. No person was rejected within the occasion. However you could perceive that it’s the prerogative of the candidate to choose his working mate — a working mate he believes he can work with amicably, after which additionally ship the insurance policies of the occasion, and in addition attempt to unify the nation.

“Governor Wike is an excellent politician. He’s brave, tenacious. I imagine he has a future within the political evolution of this nation. It’s not a query of rejection. Actually, not. I believe it’s too harsh a phrase to say that we rejected governor Wike. Actually not,” he mentioned.

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