Atiku Yet To Pick Running Mate – Aide
The Presidential candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar is yet to pick his running mate, his media aide Mr. Paul Ibe, has said.
Ibe told Daily Trust that speculations making the round that the ex-governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, had been chosen was not true.
Atiku emerged as the candidate of the PDP in a keenly contested primary beating Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike, Former senate president Abubakar Bukola Saraki and others on Saturday at the Velodrome of the National Stadium in Abuja.
After the convention, the attention of the party had shifted to producing a viable running mate from the south for the candidate that would enable the party to be victorious in 2023.
But reacting to the development Ibe said, “When we decide to speak on the issue of running mate, it will not be a subject of speculation, we will roll it out. It is not going to be something that will be speculated on social media, online platforms or Whatsapp groups.
“So from my own stable I cannot confirm that to be true. These are the times for all manner of speculations. People should endeavor to wait for the official announcement. But this speculation is unknown to me.”
APC govs root for governor as Buhari’s successor, disagree on zoning
More facts have emerged from the meetings held so far by the state governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress on the consensus candidate to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 presidential election.
The President, Muhammadu Buhari , at a meeting with the governors, urged them to allow him to pick a consensus candidate as a “successor”.
The PUNCH gathered that the governors have held two meetings so far, with another meeting expected to hold on or before Saturday.
During the first meeting, the governors were said to have deliberated on the idea of having a consensus candidate proposed by Buhari.
“Many of them agreed that it is an idea that can be tried,” a source privy to the meeting told our correspondent.
He, however, said during the second meeting, suggestions were given on who should be put forward as the APC consensus candidate.
After a South-West governor, Rotimi Akeredolu raised an objection to the idea, it was learnt that two of the northern governors also said a governor from the South could be considered.
Asked about the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, the source said, “Most of the argument was centred on a governor succeeding Buhari, for now. But southern governors are talking about power rotation.”
He continued, “When Akeredolu and other southern governors asked them to consider the unity of Nigeria, the northern governors proposed that two governors from the South and North should be considered.”