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Why Atiku picked Obi as running mate

The political disposition of the formet Anambra State govetnor, Peter Obi, especially hid prudent deployment if the scarce resources of the Amambra State when he was the state’s chief executive must havr earned the slot of running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Oki, who governed Amambra State for eight years before Governor Willie Obiani, has not been linked to any probe regarding fraud in the country.

His background as a politician who rose from the banking hall as managing director of Fidelity Bank Plc is seen largely as an asset.

These dispositions, it is believed, would blend and complement Atiku’s shrewd and street wise politics.

Indeed, named of technocrats and politicians were initially touted before the PDP eventually settled for Obi a running mate.

Initially, the PDP believed that it had not been fair to the interests of the South West with the region being hedged out in the first five highest political positions in the country during the Presidency Goodluck Jonathan administration. It is believed this was part of while Jonathan lost the presidential election of 2015 as this became the basis of campaign of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, whose deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is from the South West.

Taking note of this, the name of former minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, came up. Adesina is the present President of the African Development Bank, Add, with headquarters at Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Also, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Professor Charles Soludo, from.the South East came up.

Still from the South East, named of powerful politicians, including the Senate Vice President Ike Ekweremadu.

Indications were that the Senate President Bukola Saraki who contested for the PDP presidential ticket with Stikuband lost had said if he won he would invite Obi as his runnong mate.

It is believed that Saraki’s position resonated later becoming popular, paving way for Ovia’s entail emergence.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.