Opposition candidate picks running mate
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, chose Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra, a south-eastern stronghold for the party since 1999 when Nigeria returned to civilian rule.
Abubakar, a deputy to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, has run for the presidency four times without success.
He has amassed a huge fortune in the import-export business, as well as oil, agriculture and telecommunications, and is credited with having a network of support across Nigeria.
The 2019 vote is seen as Abubakar’s last opportunity for the top job.