Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has picked former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, as his running mate in the 2019 election.
The deal was sealed at a meeting in Abuja on Friday afternoon where Atiku met Obi.
Also present at the meeting was the director-general of Atiku’s campaign, Gbenga Daniel.
Daniel was considered a potential running mate for Atiku but he was dropped in favour of Obi.
A source at the meeting said:
“It is true that Obi has been picked. The party will make the announcement soon. We don’t want to be too fast,” he said.
“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, Atiku ended up considering five candidates.
They were: Obi; Ike Ekweremadu (current deputy senate president), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance; Mustafa Chike-Obi, former MD of AMCON; and Osita Chidoka, former minister of aviation.
“Atiku said he would want a VP who would focus on the job rather than playing politics,” an insider said.
Ekweremadu was 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.