Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, explains why Peter Obi abandoned his Party prior to the 2022 presidential primary contest and why the LP candidate lost.
Obi quit the PDP because he was concerned about the expectations of the party’s governors and was pressed for time, according to Atiku, who revealed this during a news conference in Abuja on Thursday addressing the February 25 presidential election.
“I think Peter [Obi] was in a rush. When the campaign started, and our PDP governors sat down and said they must produce the presidential and vice presidential candidates, the chief of staff among themselves, Peter, got scared and left.
“I didn’t get scared. I stood up against the governors. When we founded the PDP, some of them were perhaps in secondary schools or universities. So, why should I be afraid? So, I stood up and I fought them. They fought me and I fought them and I won the primary election.
“So, if he was there, nothing could’ve stopped him from becoming a running mate because I had the right to choose whoever I wanted as my running mate.”
“Yes, agreed that he took our votes from the South-east and the South-south and that of course would not make him a president. You all know that to win the presidential election in Nigeria, you need votes from everywhere,” he added.