2023: Who Will Atiku Choose As Running Mate?

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar has won and he is to be the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election.

The question that comes to mind is who will he choose as his running mate?

While the understanding in the PDP is for a Christian-Muslim or Muslim-Christian ticket and North-South and South-North ticket, it is believed that he will pick his running mate from the South of the country and most preferably a Christian.

Apart from choosing, it is also believed that Atiku Abubakar who also benefited from the agreement between 1999 and 2007 as two-term vice president of Nigeria will either pick any of these three listed below.

MyNigeria’s guess is either Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State governor or publisher Dele Momodu.

1. Nyesom Wike

Nyesom Wike was a two-term elected Executive Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area from 1999 to 2007 before his appointment as Minister of State for Education on July 14, 2011.

Wike was later appointed the Acting Minister of Education but resigned before finishing his term to campaign for the office of Governor of Rivers State.

In 2014, he won the Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary and chose former Secretary to the State Government Ipalibo Banigo as his running mate for deputy governor.

Wike defeated Dakuku Peterside of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tonye Princewill of the Labour Party in the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial elections to emerge as Rivers State governor.

Nyesom Wike had obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Rivers State University of Technology (RSUT) before proceeding to Law School in 1997. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Political and Administrative Studies from RSUT.

2. Ifeanyi Okowa

Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa was born on July 8, 1959, and he has been the Governor of Delta State since May 29, 2015 after winning the state elections conducted in April 2015.

He was also a Senator for Delta North Senatorial District in Delta State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 national elections.

Being from Ika, Owa-Alero in Delta State, he is the first person from Anioma land of Delta North Senatorial District to become governor.

He was re-elected as the governor of Delta State on May 29, 2019. He attended Edo College, Benin City and the University of Ibadan where he studied Medicine and Surgery, graduating in 1981 with a medical degree.

Okowa became Secretary to the Ika Local Government and then Chairman of the Ika North-East Local Government Council, served as a Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Water Resources Development and Health.
In June 2007, Okowa was appointed Secretary to the Delta state Government after loosing the previous PDP gubernatorial primary election to Emmanuel Uduaghan who eventually won the 2007 gubernatorial election in the state.

3. Dele Momodu

Dele Momodu is a graduate of the University of Ife, (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) 1982 with a degree in Yoruba and a master’s degree in English Literature, 1988. Dele Momodu officially indicated his interest to run for the position of president of the federal republic of Nigeria under the Labour Party, during the 2011 Presidential election.

However, the Labour Party would drop out of the presidential race and Momodu would end up running under the platform of the National Conscience Party (NCP).

In February 2022, Dele Momodu declared his intention to run for President of Nigeria, on the platform of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

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