Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor has allegedly paid $5 million to the People’s Democratic Party panel in order to be the running mate of Atiku Abubakar in the forthcoming Presidential Election.
Mr Wike was alleged to have paid the money to the panel for its endorsement, which is critical for him becoming the Vice Presidential Candidate of the party.
Sahara Reporters reports that Mr Wike defeated Ifeanyi Okowa, his Delta state counterpart in the contest to emerge as the running mate to the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
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The medium reports that Mr Wike bribed his way by paying a whopping N2.1 billion to the PDP panel members and some members of the National Working Committee of the party.
“The panel was set up by the chairman and members of NWC of PDP to choose and recommend a running mate to Atiku Abubakar.
“The panel has recommended that Governor Wike should be appointed by Atiku Abubakar as his running mate. This is because of over $5 million that Governor Wike doled out to them and he promised to use Rivers State funds to buy one vote for N10,000 nationwide during 2023 general elections,” one of the sources confided in Sahara Reporters.
WikkiTimes recalled that Mr Wike was also accused of vote-buying where he allegedly paid stupendous money to buy party delegates. Vote buying has continued to define the 2023 electioneering as most political parties are accused of monetizing the process, omen analysts argue will have devastating consequences on Nigeria’s democracy.