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Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Islie: 6:31am On May 31
Atiku Abubakar is in consultation with the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and some key leaders of the PDP on his vice presidential pick


The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for next year’s election, Atiku Abubakar, is considering choosing one of two South-South governors – Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State – as his running mate.

Party sources said Atiku began consultation with the leadership of the party shortly after he won the primary of the party held in Abuja Saturday night.

Atiku, in his previous outing as the candidate of the party at the 2019 election, picked former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, as his running mate.

At the time, Mr Obi’s choice annoyed many party leaders, especially those from the South-East, who complained that he was a new entrant to the party and was neither familiar with leaders of the party in the region nor enjoyed their trust.

Mr Obi served two terms as governor on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He retrieved his first electoral victory in court from the PDP, whose candidate, Chris Ngige, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the winner of the 2003 governorship election in Anambra.

To avoid ruffling feathers again with his vice presidential pick, party sources said Mr Abubakar is working closely with Iyorchia Ayu, a long-time ally, and other top leaders of the party on the nomination of his running mate.

According to our sources, the discussions so far have focused on Mr Okowa and Mr Emmanuel, but the Delta governor is said to be the favourite.

Delta State delegates to the PDP National Convention on Saturday voted for Atiku, ignoring the two aspirants from their region, Rivers State Governor Wike and Mr Emmanuel.

This choice was despite Mr Okowa hosting a meeting of southern governors in May 2021 in Asaba at which they demanded in a 12-point resolution that the two major parties pick their presidential aspirants from the south of Nigeria.

Although other key PDP leaders like former governor James Ibori were also believed to have determined the voting pattern of Delta State delegates, the party is giving the credit for the delegates backing Atiku to the governor who they said has been strategic in his management of the party in the state.

Another factor said to favour Mr Okowa in the consideration is his close linguistic and cultural affinity with the South-East, as the Igbo language is spoken in the governor’s senatorial district in Delta State.

Atiku courted Igbo affection in the last election but will be overlooking the area in his choice of running mate this time due to a number of reasons, party sources said.

The immediate reason is that the two governors of the party from the zone – Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu – led their delegates to vote for Mr Wike at the convention. Atiku was however able to pick votes from Imo and Anambra delegates. Ebonyi State’s delegates voted for former Senate, Anyim Pius Anyim.

Party leaders are also said to be concerned about the threat of the socio-political association, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to disown any governor or politician who accepts nomination as a running mate for next year’s presidential poll.

Ohanaeze and other southern socio-political groups, such as Afenifere of the South-West and PANDEF of the South-South, have been vociferous in demanding that presidential power shift to the South after eight years of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency.

Mr Emmanuel, who was a candidate in the PDP presidential primary like Atiku and won the votes of the 31 delegates from his state and those of seven others from Benue, is said to be in contention for the nomination because the candidate and party leaders see him and Mr Okowa as possessing the characters of their ideal vice president. Although Mr Udom’s refusal to step down for a more viable candidate even when he knew that he had less than 50 delegates in his bag may count against him.

However, party leaders believe the two governors would be loyal to their principal, while also having the capacity to perform the constitutional and other roles that may be assigned to them.

Atiku has a few more days to consider his options before he and other parties submit lists of their candidates to INEC from June 9.

“But these are current permutations and we cannot say for sure who will make it into the ticket until the candidate make up his mind and we forward his name to INEC,” a party leader said.


The man Ifeanyi Okowa

Mr Okowa, 62, is a medical doctor born in Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State.He was the chairman of the local government council from1991–1993 and joined the PDP upon its formation in 1998.

He served as a commissioner in many ministries under the government of Mr Ibori between 1999 and 2007 when he resigned to contest for the PDP governorship ticket in 2007 but lost. In June 2007, Mr Okowa was appointed Secretary to the Delta State Government, a position he held until his election as senator for Delta North district in 2011.

He was elected governor in 2015 and reelected in 2019.


Udom Emmanuel

Mr Emmanuel, 55, is a chartered accountant and former bank executive, was born in Awa Iman in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He was an executive director in Zenith Bank before he joined politics.

He was appointed by then Governor Godswill Akpabio as the Secretary to the State Government in 2013 and was elected governor of the state in 2015.

Mr Emmanuel was reelected four years later in 2019 and will complete his second term next year.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Ohislee(m): 6:32am On May 31
Atiku should start his campaign in the North and finish his campaign in the North. His vice should also come from the North. We Southerners are not interested in Vice Presidency.

It is Presidency or nothing.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Nwodosis(m): 6:33am On May 31
Atiku should just pick his vice from the North, the South will still vote for Dollars!

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Pelme: 6:35am On May 31
Somebody should please go tell Atiku to even go rest, this man has been on this pursuit so long.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Damidave1124(m): 6:35am On May 31
Interesting days ahead. I'm just waiting patiently for APC primaries.

The permutations and calculations in this election period gives me a great joy as I always enjoy the betrayal, loyalty and those who will sit on the fence.

All hands on deck as we watch how it unfolds.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by arovay: 6:35am On May 31
UDOM is his best option.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Kiliwuwu: 6:35am On May 31
it's obvious pdp can't win diz election

I rather vote low budget sowore Dan to vote tinubu or atiku

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by pyro62(m): 6:35am On May 31
All these people don't have capacity! Realign with the heavyweight wike as your Vice if you want votes from the south delivered to you. Or prepare to contest again by 2027

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Warlord12(m): 6:36am On May 31
All I see is FAILURE

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Kzinne: 6:36am On May 31
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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Truthisunique2: 6:36am On May 31
Udom or okowa I believe


Btw atiku government would be one of stealing to recoup all he has spent for decades

Be wise we can't afford a Muslim northernern for 16 yrs straight

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Tissaia(f): 6:36am On May 31
I'm card carrying member of APC, i and my family benefited a lot from APC that's been said, I don't care who's APC presidential candidate, cus I'm voting Atiku

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by helinues: 6:37am On May 31
Udom fits the position

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by MrHighSea: 6:37am On May 31
I think Obi is better as the President Sir.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by adekanmbi1986(m): 6:37am On May 31
Okay
Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Basic123: 6:37am On May 31
UDOM

Southeast has no political value again

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Nairalandguru(m): 6:37am On May 31
Wahala!!!
Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by nero2face: 6:37am On May 31
2023 may be the most interesting election in history of Nigeria, not gonna be a two horse race as usual ...maybe 4 or 5 horses racing with same momentum...

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Mikelarteta(m): 6:38am On May 31
I am happy I turned down his request for me to be his vice, ii am also good to be the president.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Asianjollof007: 6:38am On May 31
Thief

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by SAMTOBIJU(m): 6:38am On May 31
Udom is better or choose from south East

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by awoo10(m): 6:38am On May 31
Obi would have been a better choice...Peter Obi made a big political miscalculation, he shouldn't have come pit yet for the presidency, he ought to have supported the Atiku candidacy, help him win with his SE votes...this will surely align him for the presidency in rhe next 8years which would have definitely been the South turn again, by then he would have had a massive Northern support...With this mistake Obi will forever be at the fringes of power...I love the man, but he didn't choose his fight rightly...
Modified: all of you on my mentions are just full of biases... Obi was pushed to buy the ticket because of your emotions...politics in Nigeria is more than emotions...the APC knew that Atiku/Obi combo would win elections this time...therefore pushed him early enough to buy the form... i am speaking from an insiders view...Just STFU

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by StrongandMighty: 6:38am On May 31
Nice one
Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by mfm04622: 6:38am On May 31
So the Igbo with all their support for PDP are not even good enough for PDP Vice Presidential candidate?
Lol!!!!

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by BlessedJonMoss: 6:39am On May 31
Whosoever he picks, I only have one concern. Will they work together for the good of Nigeria and not their selfish interests?
And the answer is "NO"

So I pray they never win, Nigeria and Nigerians deserve better.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by RichDad1(m): 6:39am On May 31
One thing I find amusing on this site is after crying about Hausa/Fulani hegemony over the past 8 years, some southerners are still here rooting for another Hausa/Fulani undecided undecided
Majority of these online noise makers lacks consistency. Playing ethno-religious cards was just a farce. All they’re after is for the PDP to be back in power. Even if it’s someone from Chad, they careless.
Wike has been vocal about this, but the same Southerners turned around to attack him for being bold to challenge the Northerners.
Suddenly Biafra/Oduduwa nasan doesn’t matter anymore, Peter Obi can go to hell. Fulani cattle are no longer a threat to their farms again. All they want is PDP back on power anyway anyhow. Bunch of hypocrites.
If the SE leaders can hang up and collide with others to frustrate their best candidate out of the PDP, who is Wike ? They will rather queue behind the same Fulani they love to hate.
Even after all these, the PDP still don’t rate them for the VP positions. cheesy cheesy Clowns and slave in their own homes.
We will all be here to laugh at your foolishness in not too distance future.
By the time Wike resurrected the VAT case, let me see where those double faced SE/SS Governors that betrayed him will hide their faces.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Jeezuzpick(m): 6:40am On May 31
Truthisunique2:
Udom or okowa I believe

Obaseki have too many baggage and you can't pair a decampee with you that is a decampee

Okowa is also a confirmed failure.

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Re: Atiku, PDP Considering Two Governors As Vice Presidential Candidate by Grgton(m): 6:40am On May 31
Better rout for your vice up north!!

How can southern politicians always be used as vice!

Wike saying he's not a second class citizen is obviously out of doubt! Nonsense

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