There are speculations that the All Progressives Congress is planning to pick a running mate from the south-east for President Muhammadu Buhari come 2019 presidential elections.
It was reported by The Guardian that the alleged plan of dropping Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate in 2019 by the APC is the reason why the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has stalled the declaration of his running mate till date.
However, it was gathered that Atiku may be choosing a running mate from the south-east which of course did not go down well with the party members from the southwest.
The PDP southwest members had urged their southeast colleagues to concede the slot for vice president to the South west since they could not clinche the position of the party’s national chairman which has already been taken by the southeastern region.
Meanwhile, many people have been suggested to Atiku to choose as running mate.
People like Mazi Osita Chidoka, former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Prof. Barth Nnaji surfaced, ostensibly to push back on the considerations being given to the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi.
Finally further reports said the southwest are mounting pressures on Atiku Abubakar to consider the incumbent President of African Development Bank (AfDB) and former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, as a running mate as he is described to be a feasible candidate on the score of Southwest accommodation and buy-in of the international community.