The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has explained why he did not pick Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as his running mate.
Atiku said this in an interview with Arise TV on Friday.
Following the PDP convention in May, the former Vice President picked the governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, against the recommendation of the party’s national working committee.
Speaking on why he picked Okowa, Atiku said he opted for Okowa because he wanted someone that could “deliver the policies of the party, and also try to unify the country.”
“Governor Wike was not rejected. Nobody was rejected in the party. But you must understand that it is the prerogative of the candidate to pick his running mate — a running mate he believes he can work with amicably, and then also deliver the policies of the party, and also try to unify the country.
“Governor Wike is a brilliant politician. He’s courageous, tenacious. I believe he has a future in the political evolution of this country. It’s not a question of rejection. Certainly, not. I think it’s too harsh a word to say that we rejected governor Wike. Certainly not,” Atiku said.