Allies of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his representatives on Thursday communicated indignation regarding the choice of the Peoples Democratic Party’s official competitor, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to pick the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate.
Wike’s followers, who responded soon after Atiku uncovered Okowa as his running mate, excused the Delta State lead representative as a featherweight lawmaker and cautioned that the choice would have suggestions for the PDP in the 2023 races.
Be that as it may, allies of Okowa and his representatives, in discrete meetings with The PUNCH, portrayed the Delta State lead representative as a legislator, who might enhance the PDP official ticket.
Prior on Thursday, the PDP leading figure, through his Twitter handle, @atiku, declared the legislative head of Delta State as his running mate.
He said, “I’m happy to report Governor @IAOkowa as my bad habit official applicant. I anticipate voyaging our extraordinary nation together, captivating with all Nigerians and building a common eventual fate of harmony, solidarity, and success for all. As one, we can make it happen. #OneNigeria. – AA”
The previous Vice-President, who arose as the official competitor on May 28, started the quest for a running mate along with the initiative of the party by setting up a board of trustees by the party’s National Working Committee on June 9.
The specially appointed advisory group, comprising of delegates of previous lead representatives, occupant lead representatives, the NWC and the Board of Trustees individuals, was burdened with the obligation of suggesting contender for the bad habit official space.
The PUNCH had on June 9 announced that the people who were campaigning for the opening included Wike, Okowa, and the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
In spite of the fact that there were reports (not by The PUNCH) on Wednesday that the board of trustees had picked Wike, The PUNCH wrote about Thursday that Wike, Okowa and Emmanuel were shortlisted by the board.
At the PDP central command, Abuja on Thursday, Atiku said he picked Okowa on the grounds that he had the characteristics to be a President, adding that he “is a President-in-pausing.”
He said, “In showing up at the choice, I held wide meetings with different partners in our party including our lead representatives, the public working council, leading group of legal administrators, and different pioneers to look for their bits of feedbacks and their insight.”
“In these discussions, I clarified that my running mate would can possibly succeed me immediately, that is to say, a president-in-pausing.
“As such, the individual high priority the characteristics to be President. The individual high priority an enthusiasm for the profound decay which our nation has been placed into by the rudderless APC (All Progressives Congress) government; comprehends the incredible experiencing that the greater part of our kin are going through and the direness of letting them free from that misery; comprehends the basic significance of monetary development and improvement to furnish our youngsters with occupations, trust, and a pathway to riches.”
Atiku, notwithstanding, noticed that every one of the applicants suggested by the party were legitimate people to be his running mate.
Yet, political office holders in Rivers State, in isolated interviews with The PUNCH, scrutinized Atiku and cautioned that his choice would have suggestions in the 2023 decisions.
The Chairman of the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Dr Samuel Nwanosike, expressed, “There is a nearby maxim in my town that says no one will advise a man that eats sweet potato to proceed to hydrate.
“Assuming you are eating sweet potato, you should search for water to drink since, in such a case that you eat sweet potato without drinking water, it will gag you.”
Nwanosike said despite the fact that it was the right of Atiku to pick who might fly the party’s ticket with him, he said the previous Vice-President didn’t respect his words to regard the choice of the party which set up a panel to pick a running mate for him.
He expressed, “In the event that he kept to his words like he said to go with the party’s staggering decision, then he would have regarded the choice of the board, the party’s public executive and his group set up.”
Nwanosike guaranteed all partners of the party suggested Wike as Atiku’s running mate.
Inquired as to whether Atiku’s inclination for Okowa wouldn’t influence the previous VP’s possibilities, the nearby government executive expressed, “He has made his computations. What’s more, since he has made his estimations, he (Atiku) will live with the outcome. He will see out of his computations. It isn’t whenever he first has been the applicant of the party.
“He was the competitor of the party in 2019. He understands what the outcome was. Presently he has pursued a choice. So we should keep our fingers crossed and hang tight for the choice of the electorate. This moment, it is as of now not in that frame of mind of Dr Iyorcha Ayu and his group. It is currently in the possession of the electorate.”
On his section, a tribal leader of the PDP in the state and previous individual from the House of Representatives addressing Etche-Omuma Constituency, Ogbonna Nwuke, said Wike would talk at the suitable time.
Nwuke, who was likewise previous Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, nonetheless, said by Atiku’s decision of a running mate, he didn’t dismiss Wike, yet he dismissed Rivers State.
“I accept that our chief will talk at the proper time. We are individuals and anything that choice he causes will to be alright by us since he is the one wearing the shoe now. I think it isn’t Governor Wike that Atiku dismissed; it is Rivers State he dismissed.”
Additionally, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Sydney Gbara, in his response said the party in the state was not annoyed yet stayed joined together despite what worked out in Abuja concerning the topic.