– Atiku Abubakar has been mandated to submit a list of those he considered could be his running mate in the 2019 election
– One of the criteria given to Atiku was that the running mate should be younger than him
– During a meeting with the PDP leadership, the former vice president was told to work with the party henceforth
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has met with the party’s 2019 presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar.
Secondus alongside other party leaders were in a meeting with Atiku to determine a running mate for the 2019 presidential candidate.
Punch reports that the meeting took place at the PDP’s presidential campaign office, Legacy House, in Abuja on Sunday, October 8.
It was gathered that Atiku and his team were the first to arrive the venue of the meeting but had to wait for Secondus and his team, who were delayed with flight schedule from Port Harcourt.
Sources said that at the meeting which lasted for two hours, Atiku was mandated to submit to the party a list of his preferred candidates as running mates to enable the party to discuss it with him.
“The meeting told the former Vice President that he should work with the party henceforth and that he has ceased from being a private person.
“The meeting demanded the list of those he considered could be his running mate. The party let him know that he has to carry its leadership along and that he (Atiku) cannot unilaterally pick a running mate without the party’s input.
“Some names were mentioned, but the party’s position was that a proper list should be compiled to enable both sides to look at the list and take a position,” the source said.
It was also gathered that some criteria were set for the PDP presidential candidate to enable the party defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 14, 2019 presidential election.
The criteria include:
1. The running mate should be younger than Atiku
2. He or she must be grounded in the economy.
“The party was very clear about these two areas. The running mate must be grounded in the economy and must also be younger than the presidential candidate.
There were other discussions concerning the setting up of the campaign council and those who should be there.
In all, the candidate told the meeting that he was a team player and that he would always defer to it and that he could not do the job alone.
“It was a family gathering sort of, and the former vice president also pledged to work with the party in order to have a successful campaign,” the source added.
Meanwhile, previously reported that 39 political parties under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has announced their readiness to adopt the winner of the PDP presidential primary as their candidate in the 2019 general elections.
The parties under the umbrella of CUPP, led by the PDP said they would adopt him as consensus candidate for the election in order to dislodge President Muhammad Buhari in 2019.