Nigerian opposition party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar picks his running mate





Nigeria’s main opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday chose a governor of the oil-rich Delta state as his running mate for next year’s presidential election.

The choice indicates a strategy by Abubakar, a northern Muslim, to generate support in the predominantly Christian south.

In Nigeria, with a population of 200 million and some 250 ethnic groups, geographic affiliations are crucial in calculations of political and electoral supremacy.

Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa has served as Governor of Delta since 2015 and is a veteran of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“I know he will not only add excitement to our already vibrant campaign, but also help bring focus, discipline and stability to our government by 2023,” Abubakar said during the presentation. Okowa at the PDP offices in the capital Abuja.

Abubakar, who served as Vice President between 1999 and 2007, and former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, a candidate from the ruling party, are the main contenders in the election to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, who will step down in office. ‘next year.






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