I’m not Atiku Abubakar’s running mate – Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has debunked reports making rounds online that he has been picked as the running mate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 presidential election.

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Peter Obi who described the report as a ‘speculation’, stated that the preoccupation of “the PDP now is rebranding and producing a formidable presidential standard bearer and not who will be running mate.”

The politician who was Anambra State governor for eight years on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, but dumped APGA shortly after he served out his tenure on March 17, 2014, enjoined the public to disregard the story while calling on the media to always verify their stories before publication.

Reacting to report through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Val Obienyem, Obi dissociated himself from the story, describing it as “mere speculation.”

“When I read the story in the papers and on social media, knowing full well that no presidential candidate has discussed such issue with him (Obi), I exclaimed and said ‘Who is the author of this mischief?’’’

“I immediately brought the news to the attention of my boss who is rounding off his engagements in the UK and the USA.

“He was equally surprised that such speculation should be on at this time when the pre-occupation of all Nigerians should be how to end the killings in parts of the country and return the country back to sanity.”

This is coming after it was reported that Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President met with his ex-boss, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. The Waziri of Adamawa met with the former President in Abuja during an event by the Gusau Institute on “A New Era for China-Africa Cooperation.”

In some photographs shared by Abubakar’s Media Aide, Paul Ibe, both former leaders perceived to be at loggerheads were seen exchanging pleasantries by shaking hands.

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