Atiku is considering three PDP heavyweights as running mates.


Last weekend in Abuja, the nation's capital, the former Vice President was elected as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer.

Atiku Abubakar of Adamawa was declared the winner after collecting 371 votes to overcome Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

The Rivers governor received 237 votes, with ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki receiving 70 votes and Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel receiving 38 votes.

Bala Mohammed, the governor of Bauchi, received 20 votes, while Anyim Pius Anyim, the former Senate President, received 14.

Atiku met other candidates for peace-building and healing less than 48 hours after the primaries.

The Wazirin Adamawa, joined by close associates, asked for their help in defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the upcoming election.

In 2015, the party deposed the PDP, which had been in power since the country's restoration to democracy, and ushered in President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.

In three days, the APC primary, which is also scheduled for Abuja, will take place. With all eyes on the ruling party, the Atiku campaign is also watching to see how the ticket will swing.

The former Customs chief, who could have chosen Peter Obi as his running companion once more, is aiming to the South-East and South-South.

Following the 2014 Port Harcourt primary, Atiku chose Obi, although the former governor of Anambra is now the Labour Party's (LP) presidential candidate. Days before the national convention, he left the PDP.

According to DAILY POST sources, Emmanuel, Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), and ex-Imo Governor Emeka Ihedioha are among the three governors on the former VP's shortlist.

Both Emmanuel and Okowa are deemed to have done above average in their second terms and would undoubtedly receive support from their colleagues.

Not only that, but they are in control of oil-rich states and have a calm temperament. This means they'll be able to go into the election with a sizable war chest, which is a significant advantage in Nigerian politics.

Due to a number of considerations, the position may lean toward Ihedioha, a former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker (DS).

First and foremost, Atiku may reconsider his South-East strategy. Second, since 1999, no one from the region has served as President or Vice President. Third, Obi's support would be split if an Igbo guy ran for PDP Vice President. Fourth, Ihedioha is recognised as a trustworthy politician. Fifth, his experience as a legislator and as a DS will allow him to communicate with the National Assembly.

However, many pundits predict he will emerge for the sixth reason. Governor Aminu Tambuwal's right-hand man is Ihedioha.

Their friendship extends back decades, but it reached its pinnacle between 2011 and 2015, when Tambuwal and Ihedioha were House Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively.

The Sokoto chief executive has already named his pal as his first choice running mate, according to the DAILY POST.

Tambuwal's departure from the primaries helped Atiku win the PDP's 2023 ticket, and the flagbearer is unlikely to deny him if he demands.

Indeed, who becomes the vice presidential candidate was apparently part of the Atiku-Tambuwal last-minute convention ground deal.

"He has also demonstrated that he is a deserving buddy." But for the time being, most of what you hear are rumours; the appropriate decisions will be made at the right time," a PDP leader added.



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