By G9ija

Youth members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-West have urged the leadership of the party to pick Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike as Vice-Presidential Candidate in the 2023 elections.

The group said it was convinced that Wike’s choice would be a perfect arrangement that would put the party in good stead to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti signed by the Convener of the Southwest Youths Coalition (SWYC), Akeem Adebomojo, they said Wike remained the best material to take PDP to a resounding victory in the 2023 presidential polls as the Vice Presidential Candidate of the party.

They advised the opposition party to field competent and popular people as the PDP Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates for a smooth and resounding victory in the coming elections.

The statement reads, “We urge our great party to ensure that Governor Nyeson Wike is fielded as a Vice Presidential Candidate and Running Mate to whoever emerged the Presidential Candidate come 2023.

“We came to this conclusion, after a painstaking consideration of the indices that led to the party’s defeat in the 2019 Presidential Election, despite the glaring failure of the Buhari/APC-led administration.

“Looking at the geographical spread of our party today, South-South is the only zone out of the six geo-political zones of the Federation that is totally PDP.

“Also, there is no gainsaying that Governor Wike has done excellently well in Rivers State such that he has been able to relegate the APC to the precipice which the unfortunate party really belongs.

“Aside the fact that Rivers State is religiously PDP, the unprecedented, admirable and sterling performance of Governor Wike has endeared the hearts of many Nigerians and placed the South-South as a stronghold of our great party.

“Politically, Rivers State has voted PDP in all elections since 1999 and the state has become a force to reckon with in determining the outcome of presidential polls in the country. A case in point is that in 2011, former President Goodluck Jonathan won comfortably with 1.8 million votes in the state and this was the highest total gained sub-nationally that year.

“It is against this background that we strongly advise and insist that Governor Wike be given this great opportunity to take our great party to a resounding victory in the 2023 presidential polls as the Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP.”