The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has cited youthfulness, vast knowledge of global and local economies as well as being a financial expert, as the reasons he picked Peter Obi, a former Anambra governor as his running mate.
Abubakar, who confirmed Obi as his running mate on Friday night, in a statement issued by Otuba Gbenga Daniels, his campaign Director-General, described the former governor as an astute professional who had laid his footprints across the corporate world.
The statement said Obi, born on 19th July 1961, 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.
APCO Director-General said Obi was 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.
Daniels said Obi 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.
The APCO DG said Obi is a member of the British Institute of Directors (IOD), Nigerian Chartered Institute of Bankers and Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).