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2019: Atiku Begins Search For An Igbo Man As Running Mate, Pencils Down ...

2019: Atiku Begins Search For An Igbo Man As Running Mate, Pencils Down ...

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

The winner of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential primary election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reportedly begun the search for an Igbo man as his running mate immediately he emerged.

According to Punch Newspaper, the search may have been limited to the South-East region of the country.

However, some states in the five states that made up the zone might have reportedly been disqualified.

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For instance, Anambra, where Senator Ben Obi who was a former running mate to Atiku hailed from, was said to have been disqualified.

The reason, according to authoritative sources, was because the state had produced two former speakers, two former presidents of the Senate, one vice president and a President.

Also, Enugu State which is a PDP-controlled state, was said to have produced a former national chairman of the PDP.

It was also reportedly argued that the state had produced the deputy president of the Senate for the past seven and half years.

For Imo State, the argument for its non-consideration was that it had produced a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and had also produced a president of the Senate.

The race, according to sources close to the party,  is between Abia and Ebonyi states.

South-West not foreclosed

However, another source said the search for a suitable running mate had not been completely taken out of the South-West.

He added that the party would not impose any candidate on Atiku, saying that the PDP would only serve as a guide, by “putting into consideration all political variables that would enable us win in 2019.”

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