The vice presidential candidate for the just concluded presidential election had before now denied being the running mate to Atiku Abubakar on the platform of PDP.
As published by Punchng, Mr. Obi at first instance did not accept the offer. But he letter oblige to it and this according to some analyst might have affected the outcome of the 2019 presidential election outcome.
Obi was Anambra State governor for eight years on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
He dumped APGA shortly after he served out his tenure on March 17, 2014
A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has described the story doing the rounds that he has been picked as the running mate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election as speculation.
Atiku, a former Vice-President, presidential candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 polls.
In a press statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Val Obienyem, Obi dissociated himself from the story, describing it as “mere speculation.”
He said, “When I read the story in the papers and on social media, knowing full well that no presidential candidate has discussed such issue with him (Obi), I exclaimed and said ‘Who is the author of this mischief?’’’
“I immediately brought the news to the attention of my boss who is rounding off his engagements in the UK and the USA.
“He was equally surprised that such speculation should be on at this time when the pre-occupation of all Nigerians should be how to end the killings in parts of the country and return the country back to sanity.”
He enjoined the public to disregard the story while calling on the media to always verify their stories before publication.
Describing the story as the figment of the imagination of the writers, Obi said the preoccupation of “the PDP now is rebranding and producing a formidable presidential standard bearer and not who will be running mate.”
Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi latter worked together but their victory at the pools was truncated as the lose to President Buhari, though they have went to court for the recovery of the mandate only time will tell,