In a move that may be interpreted as its readiness to bring all critical stakeholders under its big umbrella, the national working committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State into its newly constituted presidential campaign organisation.
This was disclosed in a document released by Umar Bature, PDP national organising secretary late Thursday night.
Also included in the council are Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom, who will chair the council while Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, was appointed as the director-general.
Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi, was listed as the vice-chairman of the council (north); and Seyi Makinde of Oyo, as vice chairman (south).
All PDP governors are among the members of the presidential campaign council, including Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state.
The embattled former senate president, Ike Ekweremadu who is standing trial in the UK over alleged organ harvesting, is also a member of the council.
Other members of the campaign council include Liyel Imoke, former governor of Cross River, as deputy director-general of operations; Adewale Oladipo as deputy director-general, administration; Raymond Dokpesi as deputy director-general, technical and systems; and Okwesilieze Nwodo, as deputy director-general, research and strategy.
The full list of members of the campaign council can be seen.
Bature said members of the campaign council will be inaugurated on September 28, in Abuja.
Last week, the national executive committee (NEC) of the PDP, approved the campaign structure for the party and empowered the NWC to “modify and adjust” the structure “when the need arises”.
The development finally put to rest the speculations about the appointment of members to the campaign council.
It is unclear if Tambuwal who is the chairman of the PDP governors forum has resigned his position to take up the appointment as the DG of the campaign council.
Amid speculation that he had stepped down as chairman, the PDP governors forum denied the rumour, saying Tambuwal has not resigned from his position.