The Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi has stated that he would love to have a youthful person as his running mate.
On July 19th, Mr. Obi will turn 62. On October 21, Rabiu Kwankwaso, the New Nigeria People’s Party’s presidential candidate, would turn 66.
The candidate for the LP presidential nomination also disclosed that he had not yet chosen his running buddy, saying that “consultation was still going on.”
The former governor of Anambra refuted choosing Northern Elders Forum leader Hakeem Baba-Ahmed as the LP’s vice-presidential candidate.
“We are talking to quite a number of people, and Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is a capable hand. But I wish I can work with somebody who is younger,” he stated.
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On September 11, Mr. Baba-Ahmed will be 67 years old.
Mr Obi added, “I want people who can look me in the eye and disagree with me during cabinet meetings. People who have their own minds and ideas.”
His claim came after Doyin Okupe, a leader of the LP, dispelled rumors that Messrs. Kwankwaso and Obi may form a “possible coalition.”
“That discussion or those discussions about merger, alliance, and all that was led by me from our side. It is dead. D-E-A-D! Dead and buried! Finished. It has been dead for four weeks,” stated Mr Okupe.