Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for president in the recently completed elections, has stated that, should he have stayed in the party, he would have chosen Peter Obi, his rival in the Labour Party, as his running mate.
During a global press conference on the 2023 presidential election on Thursday, Atiku made this statement. He claims that Obi quit the PDP in 2022 as it became clear that he would not receive the party’s nomination. He claimed that his decision to support Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was made as part of his promise to running a balanced ticket in Obi’s place.
If Obi had been a PDP member, I would have chosen him again as my running mate. But I can’t stop him; he’s gone to join Labour. Certainly, he received the majority of our votes in the South East and South South states, but without the North, he won’t become president.
Remember that Atiku had Obi as his running partner in the 2019 presidential election? They lost the election to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is now running for re-election.
Remember that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu, was declared the victor of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which conducted the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 25.
The former governor of Lagos State was proclaimed the victor of the election by INEC after receiving 8,794,726 votes.
In the International Collation Centre in Abuja in the wee hours of Wednesday, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu declared Tinubu the winner.
The former governor of Lagos State won the most votes (8,794,726) by winning the most votes in 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states as well as considerable numbers in several other states.
This gives him over two million more votes than his nearest challenger, former Vice President and PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku, 76, who has already made six attempts to win the president, received 6,984,520 votes, while Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) nominee, who in less than a year galvanized youthful voters in a way that some have called unprecedented, came in second with 6,101,533.