Following Friday’s selection of a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi as the running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the choice is already being contested.
It was gathered that staunch party leaders in the South West are aggrieved over the choice of Obi.
According to them, having lost the PDP National Chairmanship at the 2017 National Convention in Abuja, they are denied the Vice President’s slot.
But a source in Atiku’s camp said the choice from the South East became necessary because of their voting power and considering that they will understand the need for power shift to the region at the expiration of the tenure of a Northern president.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Chairman of PDP, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, said the choice of Obi a great honour to one of its founding father and a former Vice President, late Dr Alex Ekwueme.
Nwobu said the nomination was “a round peg in a round hole” as Obi possessed all the requisite quality to occupy the position having been a successful governor and a seasoned technocrat.
He said the state chapter was happy that the PDP hearkened to its call that Anambra be given the slot as it had plethora of individuals who could partner with any president to chart a new course for Nigeria.
Also a Anambra governorship aspirant of the PDP in 2017, Mr Oseloka Obaze, congratulated Atiku on picking Obi, saying he made the right choice.
Obaze, a diplomat, said it was a hard headed decision which was best in the interest of the country at this point in time.