Posted by News Express | 14 October 2018 | 1,773 times
Southeast leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said yesterday that they were unaware that the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had picked former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi as running mate in next year’s election.
Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) as well as Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, former House of Representatives Speaker Emeka Ihedioha and former Ebonyi Governor Sam Egwu, among others, said the report of Obi’s nomination remains a rumour to them, for now.
Their position trailed Friday’s statement by Governor Umahi that Atiku did not consult governors and leaders of the zone before picking Obi as running mate.
The Southeast PDP leaders, in a statement at the end of a meeting in Enugu though acknowledged and appreciated the concession of vice presidency to their zone, they said they ought to have been consulted before any one was picked.
The Southeast zonal chairman of the party, Chief Austin Umahi who briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting said: “The fact is that Peter Obi is our son and we are not rejecting him, but the presidential candidate has not informed us formally.
“Atiku, we learnt, is travelling out tonight. We will discuss with him on the issue on his return.”
Their position tallied with the statement issued on Friday evening by Governor Umahi of Ebonyi State who said Atiku’s action was in breach of a standing agreement that all such appointments be discussed first with leaders of the zone.
“Any position zoned to Ndigbo must be discussed and agreement reached so that the right thing is done in line with the peculiar nature of Igbo politics and their quest for politics of inclusiveness,” he said
He said in the choice of Obi was not discussed either with the governors or other Igbo leaders.
He said while he has nothing personally against Peter Obi or any other person emerging as running mate to the PDP presidential flag bearer, such a decision should not have been taken without consulting the governors and other leaders of the zone.
•Extracted from a report by The Nation.
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