Atiku picks run­ning mate

Kuwait Times - - International -

LAGOS: Nige­ria’s main op­po­si­tion can­di­date Atiku Abubakar has picked his deputy from the south-east of the coun­try, ahead of a bid to oust Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari from power in next year’s election. Abubakar, who will stand for the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Fe­bru­ary’s election, on Fri­day chose Peter Obi, a for­mer gov­er­nor of Anam­bra, a south-east­ern strong­hold for the party since 1999 when Nige­ria re­turned to civil­ian rule. Buhari, a 75-year-old for­mer mil­i­tary ruler who took of­fice in 2015, has faced crit­i­cism from op­po­nents for his han­dling of the econ­omy, fail­ing health and lead­er­ship style. His rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) con­trols one of the five states in the south-east, while the PDP has three and an­other op­po­si­tion party one. Abubakar, a deputy to ex-pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, has run for the pres­i­dency four times without suc­cess. —AFP

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