BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has said that the choice of former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi as the running mate to the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar was as a result of his vast knowledge of global and local economics, youthfulness as well as being a financial expert.
Daniel explained that all these attributes and experiences are presently in great need In Nigeria particularly at this point in time.
In a statement, Daniel said the joint ticket will be able to steer the nation back on the path of progress, economic prosperity and unity, adding that it was also in line with its pre-primary election zoning formula.
He said that with the arrangement, the PDP has successfully returned to its winning formula just like that of the defunct National Party of Nigeria during which former President Shehu Shagari paired with the late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme.
It was gathered that the PDP zoned the Vice President’s position to the South-east geo-political zone with a view to placate the Igbo that have complained bitterly of marginalization.
The quest for which of the Southern zones would produce the Vice Presidential candidate after the conclusion of PDP presidential primaries, tended to divide party leaders and supporters between the South-west and the South-east.
Having carefully taken all diverse interests into consideration, the PDP Presidential candidate- Atiku and the party leadership finally settled for the South-east.
Accordingly, the PDP gave a copy of the nomination form to Obi to fill while he was having a meeting with Atiku at about 5:00pm on Friday.
Before the choice of Obi, Forefront gathered that the PDP on Monday presented guidelines for the choice of a running mate to Atiku, who had pledged to cooperate and work with the party ahead and after the 2019 general elections.
It was further learnt that the zoning of the vice presidential slot to the South-east equally met the desire of Atiku to assist in addressing the hue and cry of marginalization by the Igbos.
It is believed that Obi with his wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors, he would assist the government to manage the nation’s economy in his capacity as the Chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) as well as give the banking sector being the mainstay of the nation’s economy, a new lease of life.