PDP presidential primary: Wike formally speaks on Atiku’s candidacy
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has made a formal statement after former vice president Atiku Abubakar emerged as the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 general election.
Reports emerged that following Atiku’s emergence as the presidential candidate of the PDP, the Rivers State Governor immediately left the Adokie Amasiemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt, the venue of the PDP’s national convention before the convention ended, shortly after congratulating the Atiku.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Wike, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, congratulated the PDP presidential candidate.
“Governor Wike personally extended his congratulations to the Former Vice President after his election was announced by the chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,” the statement read.
The Rivers governor was one of the major backers of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who came second in the presidential primary.
Mr Abubakar polled 1,532 votes in the presidential primary to defeat Mr Tambuwal who scored 693 votes and 10 other candidates.
The Rivers State Governor who was in company of his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, assured that he will continue to work for the success of the PDP.
Governor Wike thanked all PDP delegates and stakeholders for ensuring a successful and peaceful National Convention in Port Harcourt.
He also thanked the people of Rivers State for their support for the transparent process.
“The Former Vice President paid tribute to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his personal commitment to the success of the party,” the statement added.