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PDP speaks on changing Atiku’s running mate as INEC gives political parties until July 15

The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday ruled out the possibility of changing the name of Delta State Governor Ifeni Okowa as the party’s vice presidential candidate.

 

The schedule of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gives political parties until July 15, 2022 to change candidates.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has remained silent and has not congratulated Okowa for his election as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.

Wike has raised speculations that he will leave the PDP after meetings with Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, Ebonyi state governor David Umahi and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian People’s Party.

A party spokesman who spoke to the leadership said despite pressure from Wike, the party would not change Okowa’s name.

He said: “The vice-president is the chairman of the National Economic Council. After a robust process and mechanism that threw out the presidential candidate, going back would mean that the whole process was a waste of time.

“If you do your due diligence, you will see that Wike has stated that he does not want to be vice-president. There is a video where he says he only wants to be Speaker, but the truth is that he is a very qualified governor who has been governor, minister, chief of staff and local government chairman for eight years.”

The source added that Atiku and the PDP are trying their best to appease Wike after the defeat.

He said: “The process is on and you can see that the talks are being conducted through the diplomatic transport that Governor Bauchi Bala Mohammed has launched. There are other people working behind the scenes as well.”

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