Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Anambra counterpart, Charles Soludo, have entered the frame as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, continues his search for a running mate.
Mr Abubakar won the PDP presidential primary at the national convention of the party held on Saturday in Abuja.
Mr Wike came second in the contest that involved 10 other candidates after Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal stepped down for Mr Atiku just before the delegates began voting.
The Rivers State governor was bitter over the manner of his loss, especially with the organisers of the convention for allowing Mr Tambuwal to announce his withdrawal after earlier taking his turn at the podium to canvas for votes from the delegates.
He stormed out of the convention after realising from the sorting of votes that he had lost and refused to congratulate the winner until after Atiku visited him at his Abuja residence on Monday.
Mr Wike returned the gesture on Wednesday by visiting Atiku at home in Abuja, just as the candidate intensified the search for his running mate for the 2023 election.
Recall that on Thursday that Mr Wike is one of the four prospects to which Atiku has recently turned his searchlight.
According to our sources, some party leaders and associates of Atiku believe that having Mr Wike on the ticket would facilitate total reconciliation in the party and help the PDP to go into the election as a united party.