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Atiku: I only chose candidates I could get along with I didn’t reject Wike

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The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has claimed that Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers, was not chosen as his running mate because he preferred a “amicable” partner.

On Friday, the former vice president talked with Arise TV.

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The PDP candidate chose Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta, to be his running mate for the 2023 presidential election despite Wike receiving the endorsement of the party’s national working committee (NWC).

The selection had caused a rift inside the party, with a number of resentful stakeholders adamant that Wike should be chosen.

When asked why Okowa rather than Wike was his pick for vice president, Atiku stated that he wanted a candidate who could “deliver the policies of the party, and also strive to unify the country.”

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Governor Wike wasn’t turned down. In the party, nobody was turned away. But you must recognize that the candidate has the right to choose his or her running mate—someone with whom he or she feels they can cooperate peacefully while also carrying out the party’s ideals and working to bring the nation together, according to Atiku.

“Governor Wike is a wise political leader. He is brave and tenacious. He will play a role in this nation’s political development, in my opinion. It’s not a matter of being rejected. Definitely not. I believe it would be an overstatement to say that we rejected governor Wike. Definitely not.

 

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