Op­po­si­tion can­di­date picks run­ning mate

Gulf Times - - AFRICA -

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.

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