According to reports, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was not nursing any presidential ambition after 2019, reportedly decided to join the 2023 race after moves by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his allies to truncate the chances of his preferred candidate, Peter Obi.
Naija News recalls that Peter Obi, who is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a few days before the party’s presidential primary.
Party sources disclosed to Vanguard that ahead of the 2023 presidential primaries of the PDP< there was a quiet plan to cede the presidency to the South-East with Obi and Anyim Pius Anyim pencilled down as the two main contenders.
It was gathered that Obi had the backing of Atiku, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and former Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Supporting Anyim were Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State. Tambuwal, it was also gathered, was positioned to emerge as Anyim’s running mate.
The Atiku-led coalition, in the bid to push Obi, had worked for the National Secretary of the party to come from Anambra State, with Okowa preparing himself for a return to the Senate with a principal office in view.