Indications have emerged that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will select his running mate from the South East region of Nigeria for the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku, on Sunday, emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The former VP polled 1,532 votes out of a total of 3,221, representing almost 50% of the entire delegates’ votes.
His closest rival, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state scored 693 votes, while Senate President Bukola Saraki came third with 317 votes.
According to Punch, Atiku’s search for a vice-president may have been limited to the South East.
However, some states in the five states that made up the zone might have been disqualified.
For instance, Anambra, where Senator Ben Obi, who is a former running mate to Atiku, hails from, was said to have been disqualified.
The reason being that the state had produced two former Speakers, two former presidents of the Senate, one vice president and a President.
Also, Enugu state, which is a PDP-controlled state, was said to have produced a former national chairman of the PDP.
The state has also produced the Deputy Senate President for the past seven-and-a-half years.
For Imo state, it has produced a deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and had also produced a Senate President.
The race is believed to be between Abia and Ebonyi states.