The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians to dismiss reports published in some segments of the media, alleging that it had rejected the reported emergence of Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers as its Vice-Presidential Candidate for the 2023 general elections.
The Guardian reports that as contained in a statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Wednesday night said the report is mischievous and deceitful.
According to the party, the cunning reports quoted Ologunagba as stating such while speaking to some journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.
It noted that for the avoidance of doubt, Ologunagba did not at any time address journalists on the said subject matter as quoted in the misinforming reports.
“To set the records straight, the National Publicity Secretary was a guest on Arise TV Morning Show on Wednesday morning, where he answered questions on PDP’s preparedness for the 2023 general elections as well as June 18, 2022, Ekiti Governorship election
“In the course of the interview, the presenters requested some clarifications on reports in the media that the PDP had concluded its processes on its vice-presidential candidate.
“In response, the national publicity secretary stated that the PDP is a party of process and that consultations and discussions were still ongoing in the selection process.”
Furthermore, the PDP said it was therefore mischievous to allege that Ologunagba made any reference to Wike.
It added that clearly, such a distorting claim in a section of the media was the design of mischief makers who were bent on destabilising PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“If anything, our party reiterates its confidence in Wikes’s outstanding ability and commitment to the ideals and values of the PDP.
“His records of achievement as a Local government area chairman, Chief of Staff to the Rivers governor, minister of state for education, currently governor of Rivers and the first runner-up in the PDP presidential primary election, stand him out as possessing requisite qualities, qualifications, capacity and wide acceptability for the position of the vice-presidential candidate of our party.
“The various positions creditably held by Wike distinguished him as an excellent team player in public governance.
“In fact, governor Wike’s energy, brilliance, commitment and passion were acknowledged by the National Working Committee (NWC) of our party and he is adjudged as the foremost candidate in consideration for the position of the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP.”
It added that while the PDP noted the interest of the media and public in the party’s choice of vice-presidential candidate, it was imperative to state that as an organic party, all PDP processes would be followed through in strict adherence to its procedures before any official announcements.
“The PDP urges Nigerians to disregard the mischievous reports aimed at undermining our party’s unity at this critical time.”