Atiku and Ekweremadu

The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday visited the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, to explain to him why he chose Peter Obi as his running mate.

Accompanying Atiku on the visit were the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, who is also the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus; and the National Organising Secretary of the party, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd.).

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It was learnt that the visit was meant to appease Ekweremadu, who had hoped that he would be the natural choice for the position.

It was gathered that the visitors asked for Ekweremadu’s support and explained to him that Obi was picked in the interest of the zone in particular and the nation in general.

The Punch quoted a source as saying Ekweremadu was told that Obi does not have any corruption case against him and that he does not belong to any faction of the party.

He was also told that Obi’s emergence has further raised the acceptability level of the PDP across the country.