A former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has been pencilled down as the running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the February 14, 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar.
Obi emerged the preferred choice of both the party and the candidate after series of consultations by stakeholders in the party and outside it.
Our correspondent gathered that the name of Obi and that of Atiku will be sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission next week.
An official announcement is being prepared by the Atiku campaign.
Obi had declared that the emergence of Atiku was a good sign for the country ahead of the 2019 general election.
Obi noted that although all the aspirants were qualified, the victory of Atiku showed that he was widely accepted.
He commended other contestants for putting up a brave contest and conducting themselves in a way befitting of true leaders.
Lamenting that Nigeria had derailed off the paths of development, Obi said that going by “Atiku’s wealth of experience, track record of wealth-creation, knack for identifying excellence among excellent people, detribalised nature and perfect understanding of the ills of the country”, the former VP had all it takes to restore the nation’s glory.
“Having personally followed him in the past six months, listened and interacted with him on a number of issues negatively affecting our society, I observe in him a person who has the burning desire to leave a footprint in the sands of time”, he added.
— PDP Vanguard (@PDPVanguard) October 12, 2018