Parties Present List Of Presidential Candidates, Running Mates To INEC

As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday Friday 17 June, 2022 shut down its candidate nomination portal for the 2023 general elections, there has been an uneasy calm in the nation following the failure of the Commission to announce the names of the nominated candidates for the polls.


The political parties themselves also made no attempt to present their vice presidential nominees, who are meant to help them win over voters in the presidential election, to the public.


The presidential candidate of the nation’s major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has however shown to be the most organized naming a running after a rigorous process within the party and presenting him to the public in a campaign-style event.
Atiku picked Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate.

The pressure from Northern stakeholders within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) swayed the presidential running mate position in favour of the Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered yesterday.

It was learnt that after an advisory committee on Tuesday, leaned in favour of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, PDP presidential candidate, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, after a late night meeting with some stakeholders within the party, opted for Okowa.
Besides Okowa and Wike, the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, was also in contention for the vice presidential ticket which was unofficial zoned to the South South.

It was learnt that the leaders preferred Okowa because he was considered more acceptable in the North. They also leveraged on his candidacy being appealing to the South East zone.



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