By Desmond Ukandu (Politics Editor)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, said the opposition party was yet to agree and confirm who among the contenders would be the Vice Presidential candidate to pair with it's flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 Presidential election.
The PDP debunked some media reports (not Nigerian NewsLeader) yesterday, that a selection committee put together by the party met on Tuesday, and after it's deliberation, chose Rivers State Governor, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, as the majority choice of the committee members.
The reports also said that Wike polled a total of 16 votes to defeat his Delta state counterpart, governor Ifeanyi Okowa who scored only 3 votes, while the third contender and Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, got zero.
Speaking on the matter on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, PDP's National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, described the alleged reports on the selection of Wike as sheer rumour and too premature.
He explained that the party's National Working Committee (NWC) is presently deliberating on the matter and also consulting appropriately, in order to ensure that the PDP gets it right on the choice of a running mate for Atiku Abubakar, ahead of INEC's deadline on submission of candidates and their running mates for the 2023 elections.
Ologunagba said: “We have a process as a party, because we are organic. We follow through the processes. We recognize the importance of participatory democracy, ensuring that every stakeholder and organ of the party is involved in our decision-making process.
“This is the beginning of the process, consideration and advisory body need to get to the level where, in consultation with the presidential candidate, they will deliberate on who is most suitable. That process is ongoing, so any report of a particular candidate at this point is probably premature".
The PDP spokesman also hinted that the party has begun it's selection process and that the party's National Working Committee (NWC) will be holding a meeting this Wednesday morning where the inputs of the advisory board of the party will be duly considered.
Debo Ologunagba stated: “We do our things in processes, the process doesn’t just come like you press a computer and get an answer. We follow the process because human elements are involved, with interests and concerns. We have considered all interests of the country, particularly in terms of unity and capacity". NNL.