October 12, 2018
By Otto Abasiekong of WebTV / Picture thenigerialawyer.com
The flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has tapped Mr. Peter Obi the former Governor of Anambra State, as his running mate.
Mr Peter Obi who hails from the South-Eastern region of Nigeria was born on July 19, 1961 and has been credited with the development of Anambra State, during his tenure as Governor.
Obi who has a mass appeal amongst the youth in the country, based on his pragmatic and exemplary leadership and regular sessions and platforms he is featured as a speaker on national issues.
He was the former Chairman of the board of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria and also Chairman of Fidelity Bank.
This is considered a suave political move, one that aligns with the geo-political emphasis of the opposition party whilst resonating with its key message(s) around the economy, business, jobs and a focus on the Nigerian youth.
Obi brings to the presidential ticket, his wealth of experience in governance and his prudent management of resources and is expected to provide a complement to the presidential aspirations of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; potraying it as one of competent and tested administrators.
Peter Obi has attended programmes in prestigious global institutions like Harvard Business School, Lagos Business School, Kellogg School of Management, London School of Economics, Columbia, Oxford, and Cambridge University.
He hails from Agulu in Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State and is married with children. See profile below.
Profile of Peter OBI
Peter Obi was born on July 19, 1961 in Onitsha, Anambra State. He attended Christ the King College in his hometown to get his secondary education.
Peter Gregory Obi is the recent past Governor of Anambra State. While in office, he was appointed by the then administration as the Chairman Board of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Special adviser to the president on Finance.
Upon his graduation from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studied Philosophy from 1980 to 1984, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree with honours; Obi sought to hone his entrepreneurial and managerial competencies by pursuing academic programmes from several distinguished institutions such as Harvard Business School, Lagos Business School, Kellogg School of Management, London School of Economics, Columbia, Oxford, and Cambridge University.
Before Peter Obi’s entrance into politics, he was notably the Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc. He also held other Executive positions in Chams Nigeria PLC, Card centre, Guardian Express Mortgage Bank, Future View Securities to name a few.
Peter Obi is a recipient of numerous national awards and recognition as a result of his exemplary tenure as governor. Some of such achievements include; winning the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (1 Million dollars) as the best performing state in immunization in the South-East. With complementary funding from the government, the state was able to build 10 Maternal and Child Care Centres across the State, particularly in rural communities, in partnership with the Churches.
Also notable, were some of the efforts introduced by the administration to turn around the economy of the State, as a result, a number of companies were encouraged to build their facilities in the State. Examples of this are the establishment of SABMiller, the 2nd largest brewery in the world, which built their first Green Field facility in the State, which is today one of the most successful facilities they operate globally and INNOSON Motors Manufacturing Company.
He is happily married with two children.