In an effort to break the stalemate around the selection of a running mate, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) advisory council organised a mock election between the three candidates for the job.
According to information obtained by Shauntv, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike won the mock election held at the PDP’s national headquarters in Abuja.
The advisory council was formed to study the report of the committee led by General Aliyu Gusau.
The Gusau-committee proposed for consideration the governors of Delta, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom states: Ifeanyi Okowa, Nyesom Wike, and Udom Emmanuel, respectively.
The advisory board, which was established yesterday by the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, reportedly took quick action.
The election took place behind closed doors during a session of council members.
According to a member of the National Working Committee (NWC), 19 of the 20 committee members attended the inaugural meeting.
According to the source, sixteen of the nineteen chieftains in attendance voted for the governor of Rivers State, who finished second in the party’s presidential primary last month, which was won by former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
“When the head of the advisory committee, Ambassador Umar Shehu Damagum, requested committee members who support Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike to raise their hands, sixteen did so. According to the source, based on this there was no need for another vote.
With the election, the committee tasked with selecting the party’s vice presidential candidate for the 2023 elections unanimously agreed to nominate Wike for the coveted position.
“You observed his performance in the primaries. The party leaders have chosen him based on their confidence in his abilities. He would be suggested to presidential candidate and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, he claimed.
He stated that the advisory group would shortly present its report to the National Working Committee (NWC) so that it could be forwarded to the presidential candidate.
Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), former Governors Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Liyel Imoke (Cross Rivers), and Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), and the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, were among the members of the council chaired
Earlier, during the committee’s inauguration, Ayu pushed them to reach a conclusion by Friday.
He stated that Atiku wrote the party to help him choose his running mate.
Ayu stated that the various party organs were represented in the council.
APC govs mum after meeting Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari met with the governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) behind closed doors on Tuesday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), led his colleagues to the meeting, which took place at a time when the party was conducting high-level deliberations on the choice of running mate for its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to the President, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Governors Babagana Zulum (Borno), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Mohammed Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), and Governor Hope Uzodinma
The Daily Trust claims that the former governor of Lagos State has pencilled in Senator Kashim Shettima, who played a key role in his campaign, as his running partner.
However, some members of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) are rumoured to be plotting to contact President Buhari with a request to nominate Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, or Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, for the position of vice president.
At the conclusion of their meeting with President Buhari, the governors departed without addressing the media about the meeting’s outcome.
Tinubu is going to select his running companion. — Imo gov
On Tuesday, however, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State stated that Tinubu will select his running mate for the 2023 general elections, and not governors.
He spoke as he fielded questions from State House reporters following a meeting with President Buhari regarding the latter’s planned state visit to commission projects completed by his administration.
After a successful convention that resulted in Tinubu’s emergence as the party’s presidential candidate, the governor stated that the selection of Tinubu’s running mate would take into account all the indices that would promote fairness and unity in the country.
Regarding reports that the APC planned to run a Muslim/Muslim ticket, he stated that nowhere in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does religion play a role in determining who becomes president or vice president.
He stated, “However, we seek a united Nigeria, where governance will be the issue and a president will be judged based on his competence to deliver democratic dividends and build Nigeria to resemble other Western regions where democracy is functioning.”
“I don’t want us to reduce governance in Nigeria to things that will promote division; rather, we should be a unified nation, look out for one another, and have a president of Nigeria who represents every tribe, religion, and sect. And upon arrival, we shall cross the bridge.
“None of the governors has the authority to choose a running mate. The presidential candidate will consider local features and every political and apolitical factor that will help him win the election before making a decision. Therefore, we will not sit here and make a decision for the nominee.”
Uzodimma, in response to a query on how people from the South East may achieve their goals in the future, replied, “I did not say is not about single faith ticket when I said the constitution is not against the problem of single faith tickets.
“I stated that these are internal features that the decision maker may take into account during the decision-making process. The choice of whether Mr. A or Mr. B will serve as a candidate’s running partner rests solely with the candidate.
“You began by stating that the governors of the South East no longer have the possibility to serve as running mates. However, this is not the only objective of the south easterners, much less the governors seeking the vice presidential nomination. “And in the process of presidential primaries, there is no election for a vice presidential candidate; there is only an election for a candidate.”
We are not in alliance discussions — NNPP
Also, contrary to social media rumours that the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) is considering an alliance with the Labour Party (LP), the NNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Agbo Major, stated that the party is not in coalition discussions with anyone.
He stated, “We are fielding our presidential candidate, and anyone who wishes to join us is welcome to do so.”
On whether the party had selected a vice presidential candidate, he stated that they had not yet done so.
However, the Labour Party announced Friday night that it was in talks with the NNPP led by Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over a potential alliance for the 2023 presidential election.
In an interview with Daily Trust, the National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Comrade Abayomi Oluwafemi Arabambi, exposed this information.
He stated that the Labour Party, whose presidential candidate is former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, had held extensive discussions with the Kwankwasiyya Movement over the selection of a running mate and partnership to save Nigeria.
In addition, he stated that there were discussions with the previous governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, and all key election stakeholders.
“We are trying to harmonise our structure with the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, the National Consultative Front, the Civil Liberties Organisation, the Christian and Muslim communities, the youth organisation, and everyone else,” he stated.
President Buhari makes decisions independently – Presidency
The Presidency has stated that President Buhari makes and implements his own choices without the assistance of a so-called “cabal” or “backroom boys.”
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, claimed this in a statement headlined “President’s Laudatory Role in the APC Primary” on Tuesday, in response to revelations regarding the conduct of those close to President Buhari during the period.
The statement read as follows: “The media are inundated with fabricated stories speculating about the president’s role in the flag bearer contest: whether he had a preferred candidate and whether manoeuvres were made to install them; and whether the chosen flag bearer was the president’s choice or not.
“Speculation is simple. But facts are easy. The president consistently claimed to have a preferred choice. He stated that the APC’s democratic primary will determine who would head the party in the upcoming election.
President Buhari makes his own decisions and carries them out without the support of a so-called “cabal” or backroom boys. Those who continue to attack the APC and the president by promoting conspiracy theories and speculating about who did what or did not do it must understand this crucial fact about the country’s leader.
“The notion of the strong leader in Nigeria has persisted for far too long. People assume that if you are a leader, you control everything, including the outcome of elections.
“Fortunately for Nigeria, President Buhari does not have such limitations. He refuses to operate as the democratically elected autocrat.”
He stated that the president’s objective before to the primary was to ensure a transparent, free, and fair process that would restore people’s faith in democracy by bringing excellent governance to the grassroots level.
The presidential spokesman stated that people’s and the foreign community’s faith in the nation’s democracy had gained a significant boost as a result of the completion of the APC nomination, citing the president’s mission: “The flag bearer has been selected. He has the undivided support of the president. The winning march continues.”