Very Sad News For The South-East, As Atiku Abubakar Set To Pick 2019 Running Mate From The South-West

By Post-Nigeria: October 9, 2018 22:03

Very Sad News For The South-East, As Atiku Abubakar Set To Pick 2019 Running Mate From The South-West

Emerging report indicates that the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, will get a running mate from the South-West zone of Nigeria, as against the South-East, as widely speculated.

Recall, that Wednesday, October 10, 2018, is the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for parties to submit the names of their Presidential Candidates, and their running mates.

As a result, series of meetings have been going on since Sunday, when Atiku overwhelmingly beat Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to get the PDP ticket.

A source privy to some of the ongoing meetings, disclosed that despite the appeal of the South-East, there are three very important reasons why the decision-makers are already leaning towards the South-West.

“The whole focus is definitely between South-West and South-East. A lot of dynamics come to play, because the Vice Presidency is not strictly a political position”, said a source, who requested not to be named.

“So, what they are looking at are the sentiments that the Vice Presidential Candidate can drive for the joint ticket. To a large extent, they are looking at the South-East, of course; and I can confirm to you that the South-East has a strong case. But the major consideration delaying the announcement, is that a lot of Stakeholders feel that the position should go to South-West. And they have been giving lots of reasons for that.

“First, during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, PDP marginalised the region to a large extent. Anyim Pius Anyim (South-East), was the SGF, Namadi Sambo (North-West), was the Vice President, David Mark (North-Central), was the Senate President. There was no South-Westerner in the top five offices in the country. It was one of what Buhari used in campaigning against Jonathan in 2015, that the South-West was not regarded in the scheme of things.

“Also, the South-West has the second-highest number of registered voters, so we should be able to do something for that region, in order to get their support.

“They are also looking at the Osinbajo factor as well. Osinbajo comes across as a Technocrat, somebody who is intelligent, very smart, and he is from the South-West. So, if we are trying to get the votes of the South-West in 2019, the question they will ask is: ‘What do you have for us, because APC is giving us the VP.’

“To you and me, it does not make sense, because we know that, to a large extent, where you come from does not really have a direct impact on the people’s yearnings. Having Osinbajo in government was a factor for Tinubu; when the cabal was moving against him, trying to short-change him, Osinbajo was the one standing for him in the Presidency. So, to a large extent, the party hierarchy feels that if they have someone like that occupying the number-two position, they will be able to push the South-West agenda from the Presidency; and they have someone they can hold responsible, if Atiku does not deliver his restructuring programme. So, that is the argument from the South-West over the past 24-hours, and the decision-makers are already considering it.”

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