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General News of Friday, 17 June 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Wike beat Okowa by 13 votes in cmte elections - PDP Chieftain accuse Ayu of undermining party structure

Ifeanyi Okowa emerge as PDP Veep candidate Ifeanyi Okowa emerge as PDP Veep candidate

A former spokesperson of the PDP Presidential campaign council, Kassim Afegbua has alleged that the decision to make Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa the vice-presidential candidate of the party was taken solely by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu.

Afegbua who was speaking on Channels TV morning show Sunrise Daily said the national chairman jettisoned the party structures and connived with the Atiku Abubakar who is the presidential candidate of the party.

He said Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was the obvious choice by all layers of the party's selection process. He said that "after all deliberations, they put the issue into vote and Wike got 16 votes, Okowa got three votes."

This comes on the heels of several persons within the party who have questioned Okowa as the choice of running mate ahead of the polls. Contrary to the choice of the presidential candidate, Wike could have been a better choice due to his popularity in the South and amongst the governors.

"The party in its wisdom set up a panel about nineteen of them. They took representatives from the governor's Forum, National Assembly, NEC, Board of Trustees, and the National Working Committee."

And after all the deliberations, they put the issue into a vote and Wike got 16 votes, and Okowa got three votes. Now they didn’t stop there, they also formally wrote and gave the recommendation of that report to the candidate but the national chairman of the party has a different motive and I can tell you that he singlehandedly endorsed the issue of Okowa emerging."

Afegbua also questioned the chairman's loyalty to the party.

"I have said it from day one that Dr is working from the answer to the question and working in cahoot with the candidate of the party. Don’t forget that after the convention when he visited Tambuwal at home, he said he is the hero of the convention."

"He has already shown his biases through his actions and I can tell you that he and the candidate met to take this decision."

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