Let’s Tell Ourselves The Truth, Not Many People Would Want To Have Wike As A Running Mate – Babajide Kolade-Otitoju


As 2023 presidential election draws nearer, many political observers are asking the difficult question of when will the opposition Peoples Democratic Party puts its house in order after the disquiet that followed the aftermath of Governor Nyesom Wike loss at the party’s presidential primary and Vice President slot voting by the party members.

Reacting to the development on TVC’s Issues with Jide Saturday, multiple award winning journalist Babajide Kolade-Otitoju weighed in on the crisis rocking the opposition party.

According to Kolade-Otitoju, a presidential presidential candidate of a party is at liberty to choose his or her running mate without any interference from a third party.

He stated that a presidential candidate has to find a running mate that will not only compliment him but also help him to win an election, adding that such a running mate may not have to be popular.

He condemned a situation where a running mate is imposed or forced on standard bearers of parties, stating that most times it leads to the impeachment or in-fighting between the running mates and standard bearers making special references to unhealthy relationships between the governors and their deputies.

His statement goes thus; “In this case, I believe that having a committee of the PDP screened so-called potential running mates for Atiku was wrong. Atiku should have been allowed to pick his own running mate, because by the time that committee started his work. Invariably, an overwhelming number of people in that committee supported Wike being Atiku’s running mate. Not many people would want to have Wike as their running mate. Let us tell ourselves the truth. Clearly, the choice did not make Atiku happy.”

According to reports, the Rivers governor Nyesom Wike had declined moves to make peace with Atiku Abubakar as he is still ruing his losses in the party.

Evidently, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State expressed his disappointment over maltreatment of Wike the presidential flag bearer of the party.

Governor Ortom questioned the rationale behind Atiku’s choice of Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa instead of Wike who scored 14 out of seventeen votes of the PDP Vice Presidential nomination committee.

The Benue State governor however said he was still praying to God for direction on whether to throw his hat behind Atiku or not for the 2023 presidential election.

Governor Ortom finally urged Atiku to meet Wike in person for an explanation on why he dumped him for Okowa as his running mate if he ever dreams of making any political progress in his presidential ambition for 2023.

Watch the session below(38mins: 35secs) –


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