Credible sources have confirmed that PDP presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar may have chosen Mr. Peter Obi as his running mate.
Below is a tweet from the verified handle of Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, a chieftain of the PDP and a longstanding ally of Abubakar Atiku.
Congrats my friend and brother, Mr. Peter Obi on your selection as vice presidential candidate to H.E @atiku. Without doubt, this is a solid team that will lift Nigeria to her rightly place amongst the assembly of nations. #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain pic.twitter.com/Es4zSdH8AA
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) October 12, 2018
The choice of Atiku’s running mate has been the subject of much speculations in the polity since Atiku’s October 7 victory at the PDP primaries in the oil-rich city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Mr. Obi, himself, a harvard-trained economist, was the governor of Anambra State between 2006-2014, and is considered one of the best performing governors of his era in Nigeria. During his tenure, the State made remarkable strides in education and infrastructure, and the relative fiscal stability of the State compared to other States is credited largely to the foundations he laid for disciplined and business-like approach to fiscal management of the State.
Obi has cut a relationship with the youths and often feature in speaking engagements in youth fora such as the annual The Platform – a political discussion workshop/conference hosted by ‘Poju Oyemade of Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos. His appeal with the youths, his tights fiscal philosophy and track record as governor, and the fact that he comes from the Eastern part of Nigeria, favored by political calculations for the post, may have influenced the choice of him as Atiku’s VP.
But there has been permutations whether the PDP running mate should come from the southwest which boosts of the second highest population of voters, next to the northwest.
Others who were said to have been considered for the job were former Minister of Finance and ex-world bank chief, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, among others.
Full Statement from Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization
Atiku chooses Peter Obi as running mate
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has chosen former Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc and former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election.
Born 19th July, 1961, Peter Obi attended the Christ the King College, Onitsha and later proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
He is also a graduate of several international and national institutions such as the Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, London School of Economics, Columbia Business School, Institute of Management, Switzerland, Kellogg Graduate School, Oxford University and Cambridge University.
In public service, he has led various divisions some of which includes: Member, Presidential Economic Management Team; Vice-Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum; Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, and the Governor of Anambra State.
Peter Obi is an astute professional who has laid his footprints across the corporate world. He was the Chairman, Board of Security and Exchange Commission (SEC); former Chairman, Fidelity Bank PLC; former Chairman, Guardian Express Mortgage Bank; former Chairman, Future Views Securities; former Chairman, Paymaster Nigeria; former Chairman, Next International Nigeria; former Director, Guardian Express Bank PLC; former Director, Chams Nigeria PLC; former Director, Emerging Capital: former Director, Card Centre PLC.
He is a member of the British Institute of Directors (IOD), Nigerian Chartered Institute of Bankers and Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).
Mr. Obi’s choice was largely influenced by his youthfulness, vast knowledge of global and local economics as well as being a financial expert, all experience which Nigeria is in great need at this point in time.
This ticket will be able to steer our nation back on the path of progress, economic prosperity and unity.
H.E, Gbenga Daniel, DG (APCO)