The front line presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has picked Peter Obi as his running mate in the forthcoming general election.
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, 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 immunisation 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.