The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) panel has reportedly Settle for Governor Nyesom Wike, of Rivers, as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar for the 2023 presidential election ahead of INEC’s June 17 deadline .
Sources told TOP SOCIETY that the panel, comprising former and serving governors, national working committee (NWC) members, and members of the board of trustees (BoT), nominated Wike at a meeting held on Tuesday.
The panel was recently set up by the PDP NWC to pick a running mate for Atiku, who won the party’s presidential ticket.
Atiku had floored Wike, Bukola Saraki, former senate president; Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom governor; Bala Mohammed, Bauchi governor, among others, to clinch the PDP presidential ticket.
He polled 371 votes, while Wike, his closest challenger, secured 237 votes at the party primary.
TOP SOCIETY understands that the majority of members of the panel voted for Wike over the Akwa Ibom governor, as well as Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, who were also on the list for consideration.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed June 17 as the deadline for political parties to submit their list of candidates for president, vice-president, senate and house of representatives ahead of the 2023 general election.