By Ikeugonna Eleke
Women's leaders of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, have supported the choice of former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, as the running mate to the party's presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
A press release signed by the duo of Ambassador Kema Chikwe and Mrs Josephine Anenih, both former women's leaders of the PDP on behalf of founding mothers of the party and made available to Fides in Awka, commended Atiku for choosing Obi as his running mate in the 2019 general elections.
The release quoted Mrs Anenih as saying, “The choice of Peter Obi as Vice Presidential candidate is a welcome development. Peter Obi is very loved in the South East and in the nation at large. As Governor of Anambra State, he initiated and completed several projects that directly impacted the lives of the common man.
"His commitment to the development of the state was clearly displayed in his efforts that revamped the educational sector in Anambra State and made her number one in the country in external examinations like WAEC and NECO for three consecutive years. He built strategic road networks that boosted the economic activities of the state, and completely overhauled the healthcare infrastructure of Anambra State.”
The release further stated that the choice of Peter Obi was a win for Nigeria and for the South East Region. It described him as a man who had studied extensively in some of the best institutions in the world.
The group urged leaders of the South East to fully support Obi and by extension, the Atiku/Obi ticket.
It noted that the choice of a Vice Presidential candidate was a prerogative of the presidential candidate and called on those who may have issues with the choice to place the collective good of the nation, region and party above their self-interests.
'As a Group, we fully support the decision of our presidential candidate and will work for the success of the Atiku/Obi ticket in the 2019 general elections,” they said.