I prefer the young running mate to the recycled old politician: Peter Obi

Labor presidential candidate Peter Obi says he prefers a youngster as his running mate.

“I prefer young people who have a lot to offer rather than (sic) recycling old people. I want a competent person and I am building a great team,” Mr. Obi said during an interview on ARISE TV on Wednesday.

Mr Obi will turn 62 on July 19. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, will turn 66 on October 21.

The LP’s presidential standard-bearer also revealed he hasn’t chosen his running mate yet, saying “consultation is still ongoing.”

The former Anambra governor denied choosing Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spokesperson for the Northern Elders Forum as his candidate for LP vice president.

“We talk to a number of people and Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is a capable hand. But I wish I could work with someone younger,” he said.

Baba-Ahmed will be 67 on September 11.

Mr Obi added: “I want people who can look me in the eye and disagree with me at cabinet meetings. People who have their own minds and ideas.

His assertion came after Doyin Okupe, an LP leader, shut down speculation of a “possible coalition” between Messrs. Kwankwaso and Obi.

“This discussion or these discussions about the merger, the alliance and everything that was led by me on our side. It’s dead. DEAD! Dead and buried! Completed. He has been dead for four weeks,” Mr Okupe said.

Comments are closed.