The Presidential candidate of the Peoples democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Abubakar Atiku on Friday, October 12 named Peter Obi, the former Anambra state Governor as his vice presidential candidate for the 2019 general election.
The pronouncement of Obi as the running mate to Atiku sent Anambra state into jubilation as most parts of city including Awka the capital were agog with celebration.
Peter Obi was born 19 July 1961 in Onitsha.
He was governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from 17 March 2006 to 2 November 2006, when he was impeached and from 9 February 2007 to 29 May 2007 after his impeachment was overturned.
Although a fresh election was held on 29 April 2007, he was reappointed governor on 14 June 2007 after a court ruling that he should be allowed to complete a four-year term.
He won a 6 February 2010 election for a second term as governor.
He attended Christ the King College, Onitsha where he completed his secondary school education. He was admitted to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1980, graduating with a B.A (Hons) in philosophy in 1984.
Going into business, he became Chairman of Next International Nigeria Ltd, then Chairman and Director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities Ltd, Paymaster Nigeria Ltd, Chams Nigeria Ltd, Data Corp Ltd and Card Centre Ltd. He was the youngest Chairman of Fidelity Bank PLC.
Peter Obi married Margaret Brownson Usen in 1992 after which they had their first child Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi, two years later they had their first son Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi.
He was the former chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan after the 2015 general election.
He’s a member of the People Democratic Party (PDP).