CHECKPOINTCHARLEY has been informed that former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi has been picked as the running mate of of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the February 14, 2019 election.
This followed an understanding reached at a closed door meeting between the two men at the Asokoro Abuja residence of Mr. Abubakar.
Mr. Obi, who had performed well as Anambra governor and chief executive of Fidelity Bank, was among those tipped to become Atiku’srunning mate.
He later emerged the top choice of both the party and the candidate, a close aide to Mr. Abubakar, who did not want his name in print, told CHECKPOINTCHARLEY.
The name of Obi and that of Atiku will now be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission next week, he added.
An official announcement will be made anytime by the Atiku campaign.
Mr. Abubakar had emerged last Sunday as the PDP presidential candidate.
The former Anambra governor had lauded the emergence of Atiku as the PDP flagbearer, saying it was a good sign for the country ahead of the 2019 general election.
Mr. Obi said that going by “Atiku’s wealth of experience, track record of wealth-creation, knack for identifying excellence among excellent people, detribalised nature and perfect understanding of the ills of the country”, the former VP had all it takes to restore the nation’s glory.
He added, “Having personally followed him in the past six months, listened and interacted with him on a number of issues negatively affecting our society, I observe in him a person who has the burning desire to leave a footprint in the sands of time.”