2019: PDP Gives Atiku Conditions Running Mate Must Meet
It is as certain as daybreak that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will be flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election.
What is however uncertain for now is who will be flying the flag with him.
It is to this effect that the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party led by its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, met with Atiku Abubakar.
The meeting, which held at the party’s presidential campaign office, otherwise known as Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja, on Sunday night, was the first interface the party would have with Atiku since he won the presidential primary in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday morning.
It was learnt that the meeting, which started late in the night, lasted for about two hours.
Sources at the meeting said that the party’s leaders discussed the issue of a running mate with Atiku and members of his team.
It was also gathered that Atiku was mandated to submit to the party a list of his preferred candidates as running mates to enable the party to discuss it with him.
A source said, “The meeting demanded the list of those he considered could be his running mate. The party let him know that he has to carry its leadership along and that he (Atiku) cannot unilaterally pick a running mate without the party’s input.
“Some names were mentioned, but the party’s position was that a proper list should be compiled to enable both sides to look at the list and take a position.”
The source said that some criteria were set for who should partner Atiku to enable it to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 14, 2019 presidential election.
Such criteria, he said, included that the running mate should be younger than Atiku and be grounded in the economy.
“The party was very clear about these two areas. The running mate must be grounded in the economy and must also be younger than the presidential candidate,” the source added.
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