Nigeria: Atiku shops for “competent” Igbo VP in a grand alliance to oust Buhari
PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar
By Adesina Idris
London, October 8, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Fresh from winning the Peoples Democractic Party, PDP presidential primary early on Sunday morning, former, Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the leadership of the party have begun search for a competent and acceptable running mate from the South East in a grand alliance to defeat President Buhari of APC in 2019 general election.
The choice of an Igbo running mate, a powerful source told Alternativeafrica.com in London was part of the promise Atiku made to Igbo leaders during primaries negotiation that ensure his overwhelming victory
Already, the source said two names are currently been considered for the top job. They are former Anambra state governor, peter Obi and the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. The two are thought to be popular, experienced and with reasonable contact across the country, and above all team player who will not rock the boat
It is recalled that at a recent press briefing, chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi hinted that the South-East geopolitical zone must be allowed to produce the next vice president of Nigeria in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
“We are good people. The leaders of the South-East will meet and never again shall we be marginalised and we must speak with one voice. And whoever we are supporting, the vice Presidential candidate must come to south east. We cannot compromise that” he said.
Shortly after the PDP primaries in Port Hacourt, the Senior Special Assistant on Public Communication to the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Sam Hart, also has hinted that former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, may be chosen as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate in the 2019 general elections.
Hart, who took part in the PDP presidential primary election in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, posted a picture of himself with Obi on his Twitter feed and described him as the “likely VP”.
“A good day to flaunt relationship with likely VP Okwute. Taken minutes ago in PH.
“He said he was hungry and we went to grab a meal. Crowd queued up to famz him,” he wrote.
Our source who is a member of Ohaneze Indigbo, an Igbo social cultural group in London explained the thinking within the inner caucus of the South East-Atiku grand alliance “the thinking is that Atiku is a powerful northerner with an extensive network. He is the only one who can divide the votes from the north, pick reasonable votes from the south west and with a block vote from the south east, if we have the VP slot, then we can end this facade called APC government”