After much public speculation, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential flagbearer, has picked Peter Obi as his running mate for the February 2019 general election.
Peter Obi who was a two-term Governor of Anambra State, emerged Atiku’s running mate; this is coming after speculations by Nigerian among four other seemingly befitting candidates – a one-time CBN governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, ex-Managing Director of Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Chike Obi, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and Former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adeshina.
The choice of Peter Obi
As events unfold daily, Nigerians can predict likely outcome based on the calibre of candidates contending for the seat of the President, as well as their running mates, in the 2019 general elections.
Peter Onwubuasi Obi has been in the political scene since 2003, serving successfully for two terms as the Governor of Anambra State; having won a case over his opponent, Senator Chris Ngige, who was earlier declared the winner in 2003.
Then President Goodluck Jonathan, appointed Obi as Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a few months before he tenure ended.
Before assuming position of a governor in 2006, Peter Obi had also served as the Board Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc. This earned him recognition as the youngest Board Chairman of a bank.
Reactions on Twitter
There is no doubt an obvious air of relief and affirmation over Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s choice. Atiku is gradually conquering general misgivings, having made moves in the past weeks applauded by many.
Looks like Peter Obi will be the VP. That will be a solid solid solid solid pick. It’s only been 5 days but, so far, Atiku hasn’t put a foot wrong yet
— tyro (@DoubleEph) October 12, 2018
BREAKING: Unconfirmed reports that Atiku has picked Peter Obi as running mate.
If true, It’s a good day for Nigeria. We can now all say we are One nation under God where no one is marginalized on the basis of their tribe or ethnicity. ✊✊✊ pic.twitter.com/dwSIYLYZZQ
— Adeyanju Deji 🇳🇬 (@adeyanjudeji) October 12, 2018
Congrats my friend and brother, Mr. Peter Obi on your selection as vice presidential candidate to H.E @atiku. Without doubt, this is a solid team that will lift Nigeria to her rightly place amongst the assembly of nations. #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain pic.twitter.com/Es4zSdH8AA
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) October 12, 2018
More hearty cheers
Atiku reportedly chooses Peter Obi as his running mate. Excellent choice he has made. Peter Obi transformed Anambra, made it the state with the lowest poverty rate, the best performing students, one of the best road networks in Nigeria & financially secure without taking loans.
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) October 12, 2018
#Nigeria is getting two change agents for the price of one. Peter Obi is man of the moment; but President-in-waiting @atiku Abubakar has already started planting the seeds of his legacy. Awesome! Let’s get #Nigeria working again. Join the Atiku-Obi first class train. pic.twitter.com/tpwUYPBJ7H
— Oseloka H. Obaze (@OselokaHObaze) October 12, 2018
Nothing anybody can say about Peter Obi that will shake most people. If you say he beat your family members with bulala and koboko in the market square I am here to tell you it’s because they were wasting public funds.
— Abike (@Jollz) October 12, 2018