UPDATED: Atiku picks Peter Obi as running mate

FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has chosen former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, as his running mate.

The development was confirmed by the former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniels, who is also the Director-General of Atiku’s presidential campaign, on Friday.

“Mr. Obi’s choice was largely influenced by his youthfulness, vast knowledge of global and local economics, as well as being a financial expert, all experience which Nigeria is in great need at this point in time,” the statement read.

“This ticket will be able to steer our nation back on the path of progress, economic prosperity and unity.”

Right from the day he won the keenly contested PDP presidential primary election, there have been suggestions for Atiku to chose his vice presidential candidate from the trio of Obi, former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina.

Obi’s name had trended on Twitter the whole of Friday, before the rumour of his being chosen as PDP’s vice presidential candidate was eventually confirmed.


Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar, and Gbenga Daniels, former Governor of Ogun State, at a meeting on Friday. Photo credit: Twitter.

Mathew Amadi, a PDP member who had worked as one of the party’s agents in the recently held governorship election in Osun State, tweeted, “Great choice. Peter Obi is a complete nwa afor [son of the soil],” Amadi .


Another Twitter handle titled “PDPVanguard” also shared a similar tweet.

Below are other tweets suggesting Obi could be PDP’s vice presidential candidate.

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