Founding mothers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have commended the party’s Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for choosing the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi as his running mate in the 2019 general elections.
This was contained in a press statement signed on behalf of the group by the duo of pioneer woman leader of the PDP, Iyom Josephine Anineh, and ex-minister of Transport and Aviation respectively, as well as one time Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Dr. Mrs Kema Chikwe and made available to LEADERSHIP in Awka, the Anambra state capital yesterday.
Iyom Josephine Anenih who was also a former Minister of Women Affairs as quoted in the statement said “the choice of Peter Obi as vice presidential candidate is a welcome development.
“Peter Obi is very loved in the South East and in the nation at large. As governor of Anambra state, he initiated and completed several projects that directly impacted the lives of the common man.
“His commitment to the development of the State was clearly displayed in his efforts that revamped the educational sector in Anambra state and made her number one in the country in external examinations like WAEC and NECO for three consecutive years.
“He built strategic road networks that boosted the economic activities of the State, and completely overhauled the healthcare infrastructure of Anambra State.
“The choice of Obi is a win for Nigeria and for the South East region. A man who has studied extensively in some of the best institutions in the world such as the London School of Economics, the Institute for Management and Development, Switzerland, and Oxford University, served on the boards of corporate organisations like Fidelity Bank Plc, Next International (Nigeria) Ltd, and the Securities and Exchange Commission; and also served in government as a two-term government, Honorary Special Adviser to the President on Finance, and member, Presidential Economic Management Team, brings so much knowledge and experience to the table.
“Obi is a technocrat and will make a very fine Vice president”, she said.
On her own part, Dr Kema Chikwe said, “Peter finished his tenure as government of Anambra State and did not rest on his oars.
“He went back to acquire more intellectual experiences to boost both his business and political profile. He engages in developmental activities and tours nationally and internationally honouring invitations as keynote speaker on economic issues.” she said.
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