2023 presidency: Atiku speaks on ‘picking’ Ihedioha as running mate

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to reports that he has picked former Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha as his running mate.

 

Reports had emerged on Wednesday that Atiku was set to announce Ihedioha as his choice for Vice President after he emerged flag bearer of the party.

 

But reacting, his spokesman, Paul Ibe, told Daily Trust that his principal had not chosen Ihedioha or any other person as his running mate.

 

According to him, the former Vice President would announce his running mate when the time is right.

 

“When we decide to speak on the issue of running mate, it will not be a subject of speculation, we will roll it out. It is not going to be something that will be speculated on social media, online platforms or Whatsapp groups.

 

“So from my own stable, I cannot confirm that to be true. These are the times for all manner of speculations. People should endeavour to wait for the official announcement. But this speculation is unknown to me.”

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Also reacting, the former Imo State governor, Emeka Ihedioha through a media aide told Vanguard that the former governor is “indifferent” about the matter.

 

He said: “Ihedioha is not VP. Atiku is yet to choose. However, his name is among those being tipped for it which he has been indifferent about.”

 

However, reacting, Emeka Ihedioha noted that he is totally oblivious to the news.

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“Honestly, I am not aware of any action in that direction,” he told Vanguard, when contacted.

 

Meanwhile, mixed reactions have greeted the news by Nigerians on social media, with many saying PDP would be formidable with the choice of an Igbo candidate or running mate.

 

Some have also hailed the decision, saying it is the right call if the former Vice President confirms the speculation.

 

Others have condemned the move, saying “The only candidate an Igbo man would vote is Peter Obi.”

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