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General News of Tuesday, 21 June 2022


Atiku jabs Tinubu, Peter Obi over Inability to select running mates

Tinubu, Atiku and Peter Obi Tinubu, Atiku and Peter Obi

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has thrown a subtle jab at presidential aspirants of the All progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Labour Party, Peter Obi over their inability to pick a running mate, thereby missing INECs deadline.

Recall that both candidates of the APC and LP selected 'placeholders' as their vice-presidential candidates in order to meet up with INEC's June 17 deadline.

While Tinubu picked Usman Masari and Obi chose Doyin Okupe. Both aspirants have a 30-day window to replace them.

Reacting to the development, Atiku said: “The office of the president, in particular, requires that the holder of that office must have clarity of the mind on decision-making.

“That is why in countries that have acquired more experiences in democratic acculturation, the choice that a presidential candidate makes about their running mates, and how they make the decision, provides a window of assessing their preparedness for the job that potentially waits ahead of them.”

According to Atiku, “In meeting up with this expectation, and more importantly to ensure that I make a pick of a running mate that you shall be proud of, it became necessary for me to be introspective about my choice.”

He continued, “Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and I share a lot of personality attributes in common. He is a fine gentleman, but tenacious. His experience as a Senator will come in handy in some of the legislative reforms that are urgently needed to reformat our governmental processes.

“Ifeanyi and I are incurable optimists in the future of Nigeria and the promises it holds as one united, peaceful and prosperous country.

“Having him on the ticket brings a lot of asset to our campaign. In the months ahead to the general election, together with other great leaders of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party and, with your esteemed support, we shall work very hard to ensure convincing victory for our party.

Meanwhile, INEC has trashed the concept of "placeholder" or dummy vice presidential candidate as was done by some of the leading political parties in the country.

The electoral body said that the idea has no place in the constitution of Nigeria.

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