The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019, Atiku Abubakar has plans to retain his running mate, Peter Obi if he wins the presidential primary of the PDP.
Atiku and Obi lost to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in 2019. An associate of the presidential aspirant while speaking with Daily Independent claimed that the former vice president said he will like to retain Obi as Vice-President if he wins the presidential ticket of the main opposition party.
The associate when asked why the former Governor of Anambra State is contesting in the presidential primary of the PDP said it is because the PDP has thrown its presidential ticket open.
He said, ”Peter Obi is running because the party did not zone the ticket to any region. Every qualified aspirant will contest and the best will emerge as the candidate of the party. We can’t ask him not to contest? What if he wins?.
“If Obi is lucky enough to get the majority votes of the delegates and becomes the presidential candidate, @atiku and all of us will give him maximum support.”
A public affairs analyst, Wale Adegoke while speaking on the chances of South East winning the ticket, said the region needs to work very hard so they don’t lose out in 2023.
Adegoke said, “The Igbo’s have to work very hard if not they will miss out on both; President and VP.
“Hence, you see South-South politicians now emphasizing their Igbo or Igbo-related names; Amaechi, Ifeanyichukwu etc.
“All in a bid to create a shade of Iboness in them to assuage the agitation in Ibo land. Unfortunately, some Ibo’s from the South East are even falling for that scam”