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August, 16

Wike Never Wanted To Be VP – Lamido

According to Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State made it clear that he had no interest in running for vice president of the Peoples Democratic Party in the general election of 2023.

The opposition party was in a crisis as a result of the results of its presidential primary and the selection of Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta State, as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate. This situation led the party to start working on reconciliation.

Ayo Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, and Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, were two party officials who had criticized the party’s handling of the primary, Wike’s treatment, and the choice of the PDP’s running mate.

Lamido clarified, however, that Wike, who ran in the PDP’s presidential primaries, claimed he wasn’t negotiating for a vice presidential position.

Atiku Abubakar was not required to follow the committee’s recommendations, according to the Jigawa governor, who claimed to be a member of the committee that nominated three candidates for the PDP presidential nomination.

“I was on the panel. Now, the criteria the members of that committee might have used might have been confined within the walls of the PDP, but they chose somebody for Nigeria, not for the PDP.

“If the whole thing is going to be centered on the PDP, by the time we have an in-house thing, we may lose the election, no problem, but then, whatever we do, we are going to bring it outside and tell Nigerians that this is what we are giving them, that was what we did.

“Therefore, Atiku is not obliged to pick our own recommendation. We gave him three names to choose from. In any case, (for) those who are ranting, Wike said he didn’t have the aspiration to run for vice president, and that he was running not for any negotiating purposes. He said so.

“He made it very clear. He said whatever he did was purely for that purpose and will not use his aspiration to negotiate for anything,” Lamido said.

The Rivers governor’s silence following Atiku’s rejection of him as his running mate fueled rumors that he might not support the former vice president in the general elections after receiving Mr. Peter Obi, a candidate for the Labour Party, and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, a candidate for the New Nigeria Peoples Party.

Wike was upset at the scenario, but Lamido, who dispelled the notion, claimed that others surrounding him were sobbing more than the bereaved.

The former Jigawa governor said, “No, he’s angry, he’s just like a boiling pot. When the pot boils over, it will spill over and what will happen? It (the spill) will mess up the body of the pot.

“Now, for those who love Wike, people like me, we should make sure we remove the log from under the pot, which is the fire. When that is done, the temperature of the pot will come down first.

“For people who think that they love Wike more than we do, beyond these emotional things, what can they do? I’ve been saying, can any of them, Fayose and Ortom, take him around Nigeria and support him to win the election, can they?

READ MORE: 2023 Race: APC Govs, Fayose Meet Wike In Port Harcourt

Meanwhile, Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa State, was one of the committee members who voted against Wike being chosen as the running mate to the party’s presidential candidate, according to Dr. Samuel Nwanosike, a PDP chieftain and the chairman of the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Nwanosike asserted that the recent statements made by the governor of Benue State (Ortom) had addressed the claims made by Lamido.

This was said by Nwanosike, a fervent admirer of the Rivers State governor, to one of our Port Harcourt-based correspondents on the phone on Thursday.

He said, “The reply to Lamido is in the statement by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State. Governor Ortom has told the world the truth and nobody has contradicted him. Lamido was one of the people that dissented in voting. Out of the 17 members in the committee, 14 voted in favour of Governor Wike, three voted against.

“Lamido is one of the three that voted against and went and convinced the candidate of the party who initially was neutral and was expecting the committee to do their bid.”

Wike was praised by Nwanosike as a great leader who believed that the South should gain power in order to promote equity, justice, and fairness.

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According to Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State made it clear that he had no interest in running for vice president of the Peoples Democratic Party in the general election of 2023.

The opposition party was in a crisis as a result of the results of its presidential primary and the selection of Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta State, as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate. This situation led the party to start working on reconciliation.

Ayo Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, and Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, were two party officials who had criticized the party’s handling of the primary, Wike’s treatment, and the choice of the PDP’s running mate.

Lamido clarified, however, that Wike, who ran in the PDP’s presidential primaries, claimed he wasn’t negotiating for a vice presidential position.

Atiku Abubakar was not required to follow the committee’s recommendations, according to the Jigawa governor, who claimed to be a member of the committee that nominated three candidates for the PDP presidential nomination.

“I was on the panel. Now, the criteria the members of that committee might have used might have been confined within the walls of the PDP, but they chose somebody for Nigeria, not for the PDP.

“If the whole thing is going to be centered on the PDP, by the time we have an in-house thing, we may lose the election, no problem, but then, whatever we do, we are going to bring it outside and tell Nigerians that this is what we are giving them, that was what we did.

“Therefore, Atiku is not obliged to pick our own recommendation. We gave him three names to choose from. In any case, (for) those who are ranting, Wike said he didn’t have the aspiration to run for vice president, and that he was running not for any negotiating purposes. He said so.

“He made it very clear. He said whatever he did was purely for that purpose and will not use his aspiration to negotiate for anything,” Lamido said.

The Rivers governor’s silence following Atiku’s rejection of him as his running mate fueled rumors that he might not support the former vice president in the general elections after receiving Mr. Peter Obi, a candidate for the Labour Party, and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, a candidate for the New Nigeria Peoples Party.

Wike was upset at the scenario, but Lamido, who dispelled the notion, claimed that others surrounding him were sobbing more than the bereaved.

The former Jigawa governor said, “No, he’s angry, he’s just like a boiling pot. When the pot boils over, it will spill over and what will happen? It (the spill) will mess up the body of the pot.

“Now, for those who love Wike, people like me, we should make sure we remove the log from under the pot, which is the fire. When that is done, the temperature of the pot will come down first.

“For people who think that they love Wike more than we do, beyond these emotional things, what can they do? I’ve been saying, can any of them, Fayose and Ortom, take him around Nigeria and support him to win the election, can they?

READ MORE: 2023 Race: APC Govs, Fayose Meet Wike In Port Harcourt

Meanwhile, Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa State, was one of the committee members who voted against Wike being chosen as the running mate to the party’s presidential candidate, according to Dr. Samuel Nwanosike, a PDP chieftain and the chairman of the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Nwanosike asserted that the recent statements made by the governor of Benue State (Ortom) had addressed the claims made by Lamido.

This was said by Nwanosike, a fervent admirer of the Rivers State governor, to one of our Port Harcourt-based correspondents on the phone on Thursday.

He said, “The reply to Lamido is in the statement by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State. Governor Ortom has told the world the truth and nobody has contradicted him. Lamido was one of the people that dissented in voting. Out of the 17 members in the committee, 14 voted in favour of Governor Wike, three voted against.

“Lamido is one of the three that voted against and went and convinced the candidate of the party who initially was neutral and was expecting the committee to do their bid.”

Wike was praised by Nwanosike as a great leader who believed that the South should gain power in order to promote equity, justice, and fairness.

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