The competition to become the running mate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential election, is intensifying.
SHAUNTV has learned from reliable sources that the party and the presidential candidate have begun the process of selecting a running mate who will be acceptable to the majority of party members and Nigerians.
According to the source, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, chaired by Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, and the Board of Trustees (BoT), led by Senator Walid Jibrin, support different candidates.
SHAUNTV has learned that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, and Akwa Ibom State Governor Emmanuel Udom are among those being considered.
Walid Jibrin, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, stated in a statement that the board is prepared to assist the party’s presidential candidate in finding an acceptable running mate from the southern region of the country.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees stated, “The Board of Trustees would support the party and undoubtedly the wazirin Adamawa to select a very suitable Vice President from the southern region of Nigeria.”
However, according to the source, this support may have pitted the BoT against the NWC, which is attempting to influence who will run alongside Atiku in 2023.
Wike finished second to Atiku in the recently ended party primary with 237 votes and is seen as a formidable opponent.