Profile of Atiku's running mate Peter Obi

Congratulations once again to Waziri Atiku Abubakar on his emergence as the PDP presidential flag bearer. He fought a good fight of faith. There is immense pressure in the court of public opinion for Atiku's vice presidential candidate to be picked from southeast. In as much I want Igbos to be given a huge sense of belonging in the emerging Atiku Abubakar presidency, we should lift our gaze from the navel and grasp the bigger political picture ahead. This is not time to be parochial and sentimental. Neither it is the moment to allow individualism to shade into egotism in the quest to have Igbo name on the joint ticket. It is no surprise then that The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has picked former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi in Abuja, as his running mate for the 2019 presidential elections.

He said it was time they worked together so that the country could be repositioned on the path of unity and progress 

Peter Obi's profile

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. Then, he moved on to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studied Philosophy from 1980 to 1984, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree with honours. Obi attended multiple educational institutions focusing mostly on business. He took the Chief Executive Program at Lagos Business School, took courses on Mid to Mid Marketing and Changing the Game at Harvard Business School, went to the London School of Economics to study Business Policy and Financial Management and many more. He also attended Cambridge and Oxford’s business schools for Advanced Leadership Programs. As for Peter Obi businesses, he is chairperson of many a company. Over the years, he held this position at Fidelity Bank, Future Views Securities, Paymaster Nigeria and Next International. As a matter of fact, a lot of you might know him as Peter Obi, Fidelity Bank’s youngest chairperson. He was also director at Guardian Express Bank, Charms Nigeria, Emerging Capital and Card Centre. As you can see, there have been a lot of Peter Obi Companies over the years, so when he decided to go into politics, he has had a solid background in business.

Over the years, Obi has received multiple awards for his achievements. Here is a list of some of them: Sun Newspaper’s Man of the Year (2007);This day Newspaper’s Most Prudent Governor in Nigeria (2009);Champion Newspaper’s Nigeria’s Most Trustworthy Governor (2009);West Africa ICT Development Award for Governor of the Year (2010);Zik Leadership Prize (2011);Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Best Performing Governor on Immunization in South-East Nigeria (2012);Ezeife Leadership Foundation’s Leadership and Good Governance Award (2012);Methodist Church of Nigeria’s Golden Award on Prudence (2012);Business Hallmark Newspaper’s Man of the Year (2012);Silverbird’s Man of the Year (2013);The Voice Newspaper’s Award for Outstanding Example in Leadership and Governance (2014);Champion Newspaper’s Most Outstanding Igbo Man of the Decade (2014);Nigerian Library Association’s Golden Merit Award (2014);Catholic Diocese of Onitsha’s Golden Jubilee Award (2015).

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has described the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 election as a consummation of the wishes and desires of most Nigerians, both high and low. The position of Obi was contained in a statement on Sunday.  Obi emphasised that what the PDP delegates did in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was a mirror of what Nigerians wanted – free and transparent election.  Obi said because all the candidates were eminently qualified, with each coming with his support base, the victory of Abubakar showed that he was widely accepted.He commended other contestants for putting up a brave contest and conducting themselves in a way befitting of true leaders in name and in fact. 

Describing Nigeria as a nation that has derailed from the paths of development due to what he called cumulative leadership failure, Obi said going by Abubakar’s wealth of experience, track record of wealth-creation, knack for identifying excellence among excellent people, detribalised nature and perfect understanding of the ills of the country, that he has confident that he has all it takes to restore the glory of Nigeria.  He said: “Having personally followed him in the past six months, listened and interacted with him on a number of issues negatively affecting our society, I observe in him a person who has the burning desire to leave a footprint in the sands of time.”

While calling on Nigerians to offer him full support, he thanked Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for providing a conducive atmosphere for the Convention.