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BREAKING: 2023 Presidency: Governor Wike To Emerge Atiku’s Running Mate

Following the 2023 Presidency, information reaching Ibom Focus says that Governor Wike To Emerge Atiku’s Running Mate

On Saturday, May 28, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerged as the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general elections.

Atiku polled 371 votes to emerge the winner of the PDP presidential primary which was held at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Following his victory, another huge task Atiku will now undertake is to choose his running mate for the 2023 presidential election. In Nigerian politics, the choice of a running mate plays a significant role in the chances of a candidate being elected.

Thus, the former vice president has to be meticulous and tactical in selecting his running mate for the poll.

Being a Muslim from the northeast, Atiku expectedly has to look for a running mate who is a Christian and comes from the southern region; southeast, south-south, or the southwest.

1. Nyesom Wike: In the PDP presidential primary, Nysom Wike, governor of Rivers state, proved his political strength. Though a prominent contender, Aminu Tambuwal, stepped down for Atiku, Wike still polled 237 votes to emerge the first runner-up in the primary. With his performance at the primary, Governor Wike shows he can help Atiku secure millions of votes from the southern region in 2023. Even before Atiku’s victory, a report by Business Day newspaper had cited some sources as saying that the former vice president had picked Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state as his running mate. The only probable reason why Atiku may not consider Wike is because of his somewhat extremely strong personality. If Wike is chosen as Atiku’s running mate and they eventually win, Nigerians may see a repetition of the frosty relationship between the latter and his boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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2. Ike Ekweremadu: When Atiku won the PDP presidential ticket in 2019, Ike Ekweremadu was one of the politicians many considered could be picked as his running mate before he eventually went for former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, who has now dumped the PDP for the Labour Party. Ahead of 2023, Ekweremadu, a former deputy Senate president and a long-term member of the National Assembly, aspired to become the governor of Enugu state. He, however, withdrew from the primaries allegedly due to “the existing cold war with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and the leadership of the state chapter of the PDP over the battle for the party’s governorship ticket in the state.”

3. Anyim Pius Anyim: Anyim Pius Anyim is another strong politician from the southeast that Atiku can consider as his running mate. Anyim, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and former President of the Nigerian Senate, also contested for the PDP’s presidential ticket and polled 14 votes. With Anyim as his running mate, Atiku and PDP may be able to persuade the southeast to once again vote for them en masse in 2023.

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4. Ifeanyi Okowa: In the buildup to the PDP presidential primary, there were speculations that Ifeanyi Okowa would join the race. However, the governor of Delta state eventually didn’t contest the ticket. With his relatively strong popularity in the southern PDP, Atiku may consider Okowa as his running mate.

5. Udom Emmanuel: The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel, contested against Atiku and polled 38 votes. He had more votes than Bala Mohammed, his colleague governor from Bauchi, and former Senate president, Anyim. Considering Udom’s faithfulness to the PDP, his youthfulness, a growing political influence in the south-south, and PDP’s desperation to compensate the southern region, Atiku may consider selecting the Akwa Ibom governor as his running mate. Being long-standing banker before his emergence as governor in 2015, if Atiku picks him and they go ahead to win the 2023 election, he will be in good standing to deploy his financial and economic knowhow to head the country’s National Economic Council. Being part of the PDP governors who are the major power brokers and financiers of the party, he alongside Okowa are the front runners in the race for the VP slot.

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