Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 election, has picked former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, as running mate.
Obi reportedly emerged the preferred choice of both the party and the candidate, after series of consultation by stakeholders within and outside the PDP.
According to reports, Obi's name will be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, next week.
TheCable reports that Gbenga Daniel, director-general of Abubakar’s campaign, who attended the meeting, was also considered a running mate, but the odds favoured Obi.
It further said that a source close to Obi confirmed the development.
“It is true that Obi has been picked. The party will make the announcement soon. We don’t want to be too fast,” the source was quoted as saying.
“Pictures of the meeting in Abuja are already in circulation.”
Although a former Nigerian leader suggested picking the running mate from the south-west because of the voting population. However, Atiku decided to consider five candidates for the position.
They are Obi; Ike Ekweremadu, the current deputy senate president; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance who is an Igbo from the south-south; Mustafa Chike-Obi, former Managing Director of Assets Management Company of Nigeria; AMCON, and Osita Chidoka, a former minister of aviation.
“Atiku said he would want a VP who would focus on the job rather than playing politics,” another insider was also quoted.
Ekweremadu was said to have been highly favoured initially because of his broad-based experience as a former council chairman, former secretary to the government of Enugu state, and two-term deputy senate president.