It is no longer news that Abubakar Atiku is the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections but the question on everyone’s mind is who is going to be his running mate?
Here is an analysis into five possible candidates for position:
Peter Obi is a former governor of Anambra State and it is reported he is at the top of the list of possible running mates for Atiku.
In a reaction to Atiku’s victory at the PDP presidential election, he said, “Having personally followed him in the past six months, listened and interacted with him on a number of issues negatively affecting our society, I observed in him a person who has the burning desire to leave a footprint in the sands of time”.
His legacies speak for itself especially with the blueprint laid in place for the effective governance of Anambra place.
“As a vice president, Peter Obi will not be a figurehead. He will chair the economic team and he has the necessary experience for the job,” a source said.
The former Minister of Agriculture is also being earmarked for the post of the Vice-President to Atiku and he comes with an enviable wealth of experience.
He was named as Forbes African Man of the Year due to his groundbreaking reforms in the Nigerian agricultural sector.
He is also the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) where he launched a strategy based on energy, agriculture, industrialization, regional integration and bettering Africans’ lives.
Okonjo-Iweala is the former Finance Minister under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo with years of experience accrued from working with the World Bank as a Managing Director.
She spearheaded negotiations with the Paris Club of Creditors that led to the erasure of the debt owed by Nigeria to the tune of US$30 billion.
In 2003, Ngozi’s efforts improved the Nigerian economy through the implementation of a fiscal rule where revenues accrued over a specific benchmark were saved in a special account called the “excess crude account”.
The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was also part of her legacies whereby over 62,000 ghost workers were eliminated from the system ergo, reducing corruption to the minimum.
The former governor of Ogun State is also reported to be interested in the job.
He played a very crucial role in the emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate of PDP due to his role as the Director-General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation.
Atiku once said: “I am in no doubt OGD (Otunba Gbenga Daniel) is a very positive and welcome addition to our campaign and I look forward to working with him as he leads our campaign to victory in February 2019”.
The Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, could also emerge as Atiku’s running mate for the race to Aso Villa in 2019.
He is being considered so as to pacify the South East who feels marginalized by the Buhari administration.
Any consideration will have to be after due deliberations by the party’s hierarchy so as to forestall any friction within the party.