Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has said that his Labour counterpart Peter Obi was in a rush to become President.
Atiku, who said this during a press conference yesterday, said Obi would have been his running mate if he did not get scared and left the party because the PDP governors insisted that they produce the presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Atiku, also said votes Obi got in the the South-South and the South-East were PDP votes.
Part of his statement reads,
When I ran in 2019, I picked an Igbo man as a running mate simply because I felt that after any other zone again, the next zone must be South-East. In 2011, I also picked another Igbo man. And in 2023, I also picked another Igbo man. And I have always said that I will be a stepping stone to an Igbo Presidency.
“Because there is no zone alone in this country that can produce a President on his own. I have always told my Igbo compatriots that you negotiate for power, you don’t fight for it.
“So, for anybody to think that I have anything against Labour Party, I think Peter (Obi) was in a rush. Do you know why I say he was in a rush?
“When the campaign started and our PDP governors said that they must produce the president among them, they must produce the vice-president among them, they must produce chief of staff amongst them, Peter got scared and left.
“I did not get scared, I stood up against the governors. When we formed the PDP some of them were perhaps in secondary school or in university.
“So, why should I be afraid and I stood up and fought them and I won the primaries.
“So, if he were there, nothing would have stopped him from becoming a running mate because I had the right of choosing who would be my running mate.
“The question of whether I will work with Peter or not, or whether Peter wounded the PDP; yes, to some extent, he did because all the votes he carried were PDP votes in the South-South and the South-East. Agreed, he took our votes from the South-East and South-South, that, of course, will not make him President. You all know that to be President of this country, you need votes from everywhere. So, as far as I am concerned, Peter is welcome to have a dialogue with the PDP