2023: PDP’s Peter Obi unveils lavish education and career profile
The next presidential contest looks set to roll past a crowded field of formidable candidates from both the ruling APC, the main opposition PDP and other political parties.
However, only one aspirant from any of the parties will eventually fly the party banner in the presidential race and if elected, the person will assume the plum post of President Muhammadu Buhari next year.
A presidential candidate on the PDP platform, Mr. Peter Obi, has released his biographical data, presenting an abundant profile that places him among the candidates for the PDP presidency.
Obi, born July 19, 1961, Onitsha, Anambra, had his early education at the famous Christ the King College, Onitsha, from where he was admitted to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, one of the first generation universities from Nigeria.
The former governor of Anambra is seen by political analysts as one of the main candidates for the PDP.
Obi is the fourth son of a devout and entrepreneurial Catholic mother and father, who ran a popular supermarket in Onitsha, the commercial hub of the Southeast more than 50 years ago.
The young Obi got into international business after leaving university, where he studied philosophy.
Now 61, Obi enjoyed huge success in his business venture and later ventured into politics.
He was then to enroll at the Lagos Business School in Ajah, near Lagos, where he completed a course for business leaders.
Obi also attended Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, for the Middle and Intermediate Marketing course and another short course on Changing the Game at the same school.
He was then to attend the London School of Economics for a course in financial management and trade policy as well as the Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.
Obi also attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in the United States and the University of Oxford in England, where he completed a course in Advanced Management and Leadership.
He completed a short stint at Cambridge University’s George Business School in Cambridge, England.
Obi was elected Governor of Anambra State from 2006 to 2014, shaping the economy of the state and positioning it as first among equals especially in the secondary education sector.
As Governor, Obi was also a member of the Presidential Economic Management Team as well as the President’s Special Advisor on Finance.
He was also Vice-Chairman of the influential Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Chairman of the South-East Governor’s Forum from 2006 to 2014.
The PDP presidential hopeful was also a former chairman of the board of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He was Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc., Guardian Express Mortgage Bank and Chairman of Future Views Securities Ltd.
The presidential aspirant was also a former chairman of Chams Nigeria Plc.; Paymaster Plc. and Next International Ltd., the vast supermarket chain, located in Abuja and Port Harcourt.
Obi is a member of numerous professional bodies, including the Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Nigerian Chartered Institute of Bankers and Fellow of the British Institute of Directors.
In 2012 Obi received an award from the Methodist Church of Nigeria for his careful stewardship of public resources and in 2013 he and former Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State were named Silver Bird Men of the Year.
Analysts are eagerly awaiting who will take out the PDP standard bearer as the countdown to the high-stakes presidential election begins.