Peter Obi as Atiku’s running mate: It’s masterstroke

The choice of a former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi as the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was generally described as a deft move by a cross-section of Nigerians

His emergence as the running mate to the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku didn’t come as a surprise as his name had prominently featured among those being considered for the position.

Saturday Vanguard learned that Atiku met with Obi in his Asokoro residence after Jamaat prayers yesterday in Abuja. A statement by the Director General of Atiku Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel said the former governor was mainly chosen because of his vast knowledge of global and local economics.

Other reasons adduced were his youthfulness and experience in the management of people and resources. However, most people, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard on the development were emphatic that Obi’s presence would add value to Atiku’s prospects.

Those who reacted include Ebonyi State governor, Mr. Dave Umahi;

Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwachaa;

former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife;

National Vice Chairman, South, of the PDP, Mr. Eddy Olafeso;  and Spokesperson of pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organisation, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin.

Others are former Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi;

ex-Adviser to former President Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai;

Ohaneze Youths; a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Uzo Azubuike;

former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Ogene;

former governorship candidate in Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka Obaze; and  Chairman, Niger State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Tanko Beji.

It’s a masterstroke—Gov Umahi

Umahi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Uzor described the choice of Obi as a masterstroke, adding that it had all the things that would make Nigeria work again.

He described Obi as a consummate administrator, who showed class in leadership as a two-term governor. Umahi further maintained that  Atiku and Obi would bring ingenuity and wealth of experience to bear when they become President and Vice President of Nigeria next year.

Peter is a great choice.—Ezeife

Ezeife described the choice of Obi as great, adding that he was not wasteful in the management of resources while serving as governor. He said: “Peter is a great choice.

He brings his business intelligence into governance. He is not corrupt and as a governor, he was not wasteful. I must say that I am very happy.’’ On his part, Olafeso said: “As a National Vice Chairman of the party, I hail the decision to pick Peter Obi as running mate to our presidential candidate.

The decision to pick him is based on his outstanding performance as governor of Anambra State. He is a successful businessman and we expect his experience to translate into good governance for our nation.’’ 2015: Jonathan conceded defeat without our knowledge, says Nat’l Peace C’mtee Atiku/ Obi ticket a good one—Yakassai An elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai said: “ It was expected all along that the slot of the Vice President should go to the South East for the PDP as APC has chosen the South West.

What is not ascertained is whether the choice of Peter Obi is the collective choice of the majority of the people of the South East.

Atiku Abubakar/ Peter Obi ticket is a very good one. Atiku Abubakar is a Muslim from the North while Peter Obi is a Christian from the South just as Muhammadu Buhari is a Muslim from the North and Yemi Osinbajo is a Christian from the South. Everything is balanced.”

This is Atiku’s time—Amaechi

Reacting,  Amaechi, said: “Peter Obi is an experienced politician, administrator, and businessman.  Obi and Atiku are widely exposed. Nigeria needs an enlightened government that will manage our economy very well. This is Atiku’s time to reign and with Peter Obi, I think it is a good team.

I don’t know how the South West will take it but I want to advice the APC against rigging the elections. The things I saw in Ekiti and Osun states were not elections.”

Atiku/Obi should be committed to restructuring—Afenire Odumakin stated thus: “All we are concerned about at this stage is that they should be committed to the restructuring of Nigeria.

If it is true that he has picked Peter Obi as his running mate, he should join him to work out a clear-cut programme on restructuring and ensure that he remains steadfast to that because restructuring is the main issue that will determine the next election.”

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