South-East Governors have expressed shock over Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s choice of Peter Obi as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election, saying that they were never consulted before such decision was taken.
The Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, who spoke to news men today, Saturday in Enugu, said: “we saw news flying up and down saying that our presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has picked a running mate from the zone.
“We were shocked because we were not consulted. While we were meeting, Atiku sent message that he travelled out of the country for a short period. He promised to come down and meet with South East leaders.”
He said that both PDP governors in the zone and indeed other stakeholders were shocked over the news of a vice presidential slot given to Ndigbo whereas no former notice to that effect was given.
Also the vice chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP), in the South East zone, Augustine Umahi, said that leaders of the party in the zone saw the news of Obi’s nomination as running mate in the social media.
“Our leaders are saying that we are not yet aware that such a thing (Obi’s appointment) happened. We have gotten in touch him (Atiku), he is traveling tonight and he promised that when comes back we shall meet in that.
“Peter Obi is our son, and from South East. We are not rejecting or accepting him but we are saying that we are not aware, you cannot shave a man in his absence.”
The meeting was attended by Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, others were members of the National Assembly from the zone and other major stakeholders.