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Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by TundeBricklayer: 11:05am On Oct 11
The possibility of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) settling for a replacement for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo from the Southeast and intrigues by politicians jostling to be chosen are some of the reasons the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) standard bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, might delay the announcement of his running mate till the last minute.

Shortly after Atiku clinched the first position in PDP presidential primary election last Sunday in Port Harcourt, a lot of players from both the Southeast and Southwest began making serious moves and sending representations to the party’s substantive presidential candidate seeking to be considered for the vice presidential ticket.

Although sources within the Abubakar Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation confided in The Guardian that the PDP presidential candidate has not penciled down a prospective running mate, it was gathered that some names have started popping up now and then as possible candidates.

The Guardian learned that considerations as to whether the presidential running mate would come from Southeast or Southwest brought a new twist to the search as well as the strategic need to accommodate the inputs of some critical stakeholders that oiled the machinery for Atiku’s eventual emergence as the PDP numero uno.

“Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku’s former principal, had mooted the idea of Southeast having a shot at the Presidency in 2019.” A source within PDP said. “But somewhere along the line Baba argued for a presidential running mate and even went further to suggest the name of Mazi Osita Chidoka.

“Chidoka’s eventual exit from the United Progressive Party (UPP), on which platform he contested the November 2017 gubernatorial election back to PDP should not be treated lightly. But, other suggestions have been made for a technocrat with international pedigree to pair up with Wazirin Adamawa.”

But no sooner had Chidoka’s name escaped Obasanjo’s lips than many foundation members of PDP, who have eyes on the 2023 presidential election, began clandestine lobbying for a technocrat to be paired with the former vice president.

It was against that notion that names of former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Prof. Barth Nnaji surfaced, ostensibly to push back on the considerations being given to the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi.

Those who are pushing for Okonjo-Iweala argue that her Delta/Abia combination origin based on paternity and marriage achieves the Southeast/South-South solidarity in addition to her clout in the international community.

Meanwhile, pressures are said to be mounting also from the Southwest, which claims that ceding the presidential running mate to the zone would go a long way to mitigate the loss of the national chairmanship during last December national convention.
The name of incumbent President of African Development Bank (AfDB) and former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, is being touted as a feasible candidate on the score of Southwest accommodation and buy-in of the international community.

Southwest lobbyists are also waving the flag of speculated plots by the Presidency to fetch Osinbajo’s replacement from the Southeast as running mate for President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s election to convince the region of its sincerity of ceding power to the zone after Buhari.

While the Southeast and Southwest push their arguments for PDP to select the next vice presidential candidate from their zones, multiple sources told The Guardian that Atiku was moved by the fact of Senator David Mark’s position on gender balance to consider Okonjo-Iweala in addition to her knowledge of international finance and development issues.

Senator Mark had, while addressing PDP delegates at the Adokie Amasiemeka Stadium, Port Harcourt, last Saturday, noted that he was the only presidential aspirant among the one dozen to appoint a woman as Director General of his campaign organization.

It was also gathered that former President Obasanjo is excited by the likelihood of Okonjo-Iweala being adopted, which prompted his recent comments that a president knowledgeable in economic matters is what Nigeria needs to fix the damage done by the present administration to the economy.

http://t.guardian.ng/politics/issues-delaying-choice-of-atikus-running-mate/

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by Swaggzkid: 11:07am On Oct 11
He should use his brain

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by NaijaRoyalty: 11:08am On Oct 11
Atiku will pick only the best as his running mate .

He has lot of work to do when he becomes president in 2019

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by FYB(m): 11:17am On Oct 11
Choose from Peter Obi or NOIand let's move on, no time to waste. Whoever emerges from the south east is "iceing" to Atiku' cake


Lets ATIKULATE in 2019

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by globemoney: 11:20am On Oct 11
All media speculations..
Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by ChrisMafian: 11:25am On Oct 11
Atiku is Ipob
Ipob is Atiku

By next year, Both I, my family and all hardworking Igbos nationwide will vote Buhari

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by TundeBricklayer: 11:32am On Oct 11
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to me is the best option for VP.

Meanwhile I wonder how BMC Lagos/Ibadan branch will react if bubu change Osibanjo to southeast candidate grin grin their lover PMB will change to their worst enemy grin grin just like Ambode

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by diebuhari1: 11:39am On Oct 11
Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by diebuhari1: 11:41am On Oct 11
Just what I was suggesting yesterday

APC is already sure of victory in the South west, so I think it will make sense for them to choose an Igbo VP in order to split the SE and Igbo votes in general, this will help compensate for the loss of votes in North central due to the herdsmen killings and loss of votes in order parts of the North owing to the fact that the opponent this time around is a fellow northerner.

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by diebuhari1: 11:45am On Oct 11
TundeBricklayer:
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to me is the best option for VP.

Meanwhile I wonder how BMC Lagos/Ibadan branch will react if bubu change Osibanjo to southeast candidate grin grin their lover PMB will change to their worst enemy grin grin just like Ambode
Lol since we brought up the issue of APC selecting a VP from South east, none of them have spoken about zoning PDPs VP to South West again. We will follow them propaganda for propaganda

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by brixton: 11:56am On Oct 11
Will NOI be interested in the position? Does she have the time to come back to Nig to campaign and risk her name being smeared? Pls focus on southeast and pick a technocrat from there. If Atiku goes to southwest, those guys will make him lose the election period!

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by johnpaul1101(m): 12:05pm On Oct 11
Whoever Emerges As The Vice Doesnt Matter, Not As Much As Replacing A Failure With A Man With High Tendency To Fail Also. Osibanjo Issa Good Man Serving As A Deputy To Our Lifeless P-man, Ipso Facto, His Goodness Is Not Felt Or Seen.
Even If Atiku Makes The Wisest South-eastern Tecnocrat/democrat His Running Mate. I Dont See How That Brings The Salvation Nigeria Craves For.
PDP has failed us,

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by SarkinYarki: 12:06pm On Oct 11
Even if he delays his VP till next year we must still vote for him over Buhari!!!!!

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by Adakintroy: 12:07pm On Oct 11
Tt
Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by aguiyi2: 12:08pm On Oct 11
The average Nigerian has gone beyond caring where the VP will come from. We just want good governance. Economic hardship knows no tribe nor religion.

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by iammo(m): 12:08pm On Oct 11
smiley All the best!, even the saraki tambuwal and kwankwaso supporters at the primaries have started begging, threatening and kicking hard for VP slot, anywhere bele face people.
"God forbid" atiku loses due to low PVC in Northeast and Southeast(bokoharam ravaged zone and economic migrants zone), as opposed the incumbent Northwest/Southwest (Federal might/vote buying centers) PVC numbers,
they would change tone again and start seeking another unrealistic agenda or simply start insulting and name-calling other tribes.

*If northerners could reject Bashir Tofa/Sylvester Ugoh in 93 to vote and vote Abiola/Kinigbe(Muslim/Muslim)

*Reject Buhari/Okadigbo 03 for Obasanjo/Atiku

*And reject Jonathan/Sambo for Buhari/Osinbajo

Common sense shows feasibility of such Northeast/Southeast project against Northwest/Southwest incumbency with enough federal might, however Sentiments always plays

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by theoldpretender(m): 12:09pm On Oct 11
Assuming NOI is interested...

She believes in, among other things, removal of fuel subsidy.

That would be good news for our economy, but bad news for our politicians.....

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by onuebonyi: 12:09pm On Oct 11
Osetigoo cheesy
Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by hucienda: 12:10pm On Oct 11
It's an open secret Madame Iweala is his best choice for No. 2.

Would not be surprised if emissaries are already sent to her behind the scenes to make their principal's case to her.

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by Aderewah: 12:10pm On Oct 11
Nigerians will never change. After cursing politicians, especially the old guard that have contributed to the problems, they turn around to glorify them.

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by ladiesreject(m): 12:10pm On Oct 11
Bleep
Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by Jeezuzpick(m): 12:10pm On Oct 11
TundeBricklayer:
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to me is the best option for VP.

Meanwhile I wonder how BMC Lagos/Ibadan branch will react if bubu change Osibanjo to southeast candidate grin grin their lover PMB will change to their worst enemy grin grin just like Ambode

I wish PMB will just shed Osinbajo for Akpabio or Okorocha and Atiku picks NOI or Peter Obi.

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by KanwuliaMama: 12:10pm On Oct 11
Good move!
Hold that card. Till APC RIG DEM OWN! grin
That Osinbajo be real MUMU!
No charisma at all.

TALL DULLARD + SHORT DUNCE combination! embarassed

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by ladiesreject(m): 12:10pm On Oct 11
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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by HIGHESTPOPORI(m): 12:11pm On Oct 11
ChrisMafian:
Atiku is Ipob
Ipob is Atiku

By next year, Both I, my family and all hardworking Igbos nationwide will vote Buhari
To keep ur bmc job

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by aydought: 12:11pm On Oct 11
Even though I am from South-West, I will still strongly support the idea of the running mate to Atiku coming from South East. That region has been alienated for long. Our brothers and sisters from that region should also be made to feel a sense of belonging, a beg.

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Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by hunter21(m): 12:11pm On Oct 11
I don't want okonjo iweala because she is a woman and fully of southeast origin I think Ike ikreremadu is best suited for the position
Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by Kwamecron(m): 12:11pm On Oct 11
Who cares
Re: Issues Delaying Choice Of Atiku’s Running Mate by Jeezuzpick(m): 12:11pm On Oct 11
TundeBricklayer:
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to me is the best option for VP.

Meanwhile I wonder how BMC Lagos/Ibadan branch will react if bubu change Osibanjo to southeast candidate grin grin their lover PMB will change to their worst enemy grin grin just like Ambode

I wish PMB will just shed Osinbajo for Akpabio or Okorocha and Atiku picks NOI or Peter Obi.

That would be shooting himself in the head, not even foot again.

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