Saturday, 13 October 2018

Afenifere, Northern Elders speak on Atiku choosing Peter Obi as running mate

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has reacted to the choice of Peter Obi as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.

Atiku, on Friday, picked the former Anambra state Governor as his running mate in the 2019 presidential tussle.




Speaking on Atiku’s decision, Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin in a short statement urged both Atiku and Obi to remain steadfast in restructuring the country.

The statement read: “All we concerned about at this stage is there were commitments by Atiku about the restructuring of Nigeria.

“If it is true that he has picked Peter Obi as his running mate, he should join him to work out clear cut programme on restructuring and ensure that ensure that he remains steadfast on that because that is the main issue that will determine the next election.”

Also, the Chairman of the Northern Elders’ Council (NEC), Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has reacted to the choice of Peter Obi as Atiku's running mate.

Yakassai in a statement described Atiku’s choice as a balanced one owing to the fact that Obi is a Christian and from the South-East.

He, however, expressed doubt whether the choice of Peter Obi is the collective choice of the majority of the people of the South East.

The statement read: “ It was expected all along that the slot of the Vice President should go to the South East for the PDP as APC has chosen the South West.

“What is not ascertained is whether the choice of Peter Obi is the collective choice of the majority of the people of the South East.

“Atiku Abubakar/Peter Obi ticket is a very good one. Atiku Abubakar is a Muslim from the North while Peter Obi is a Christian from the South just as Muhammadu Buhari is a Muslim from the North and Yemi Osinbajo is a Christian from the South. Everything is balanced.”





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