After days of speculations since winning the keenly contested PDP presidential primaries last Sunday, the former Vice president finally unveiled his running mate as Nigeria heads to the polls next year.
Over the week, probable running mates were listed and discussed in the media, with Peter Obi being one of them. Others speculated before the announcement today were the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo; former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwunmi Adesina; and former Managing Director of Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr. Chike Obi.
Political pundits had made a case for a Vice Presidential candidate from the Southeast of Nigeria, with tension rising as INEC’s deadline for submission of name of chosen candidates drew closer.
In a surprising twist, Atiku Abubakar settled for the former Governor of Anambra state. Mr. Obi was in office for less than 8 months before he was removed from Office in 2006, a politicised impeachment that was reversed by the court on February 9, 2007. He went on to serve twice, after winning his re-election bid in 2010.
Born on the July 19th, 1960 in Onitsha, he was educated at Christ the King College, Onitsha and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1984. His experience before joining politics cut across banking services, where he rose to the position of Chairman of Fidelity Bank.
Since leaving office as Governor, he had served as Chairman of Security and Exchange Commission in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. A card-carrying member of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr. Obi has been a darling of the media, and often praised for his handling of public funds and anti-corruption credentials while in office.