By Emma Elekwa, Awka
The PDP governorship candidate in Anambra State, Mr Oseloka Obaze, has said his choice of Chidi Onyemelukwe, the first daughter of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, as his running mate ahead of the November 18 governorship poll is strategic.
Announcing her candidature at the PDP secretariat on Wednesday, in Awka, Obaze said Onyemelukwe’s choice was in line with the constitution and electoral guidance of the PDP, as well as INEC guidelines.
Ex-Vice President Ekwueme is respected not only in Anambra but the South East in general, and the selection of his daughter is seen as a boost to the PDP that wants to seize power from APGA.
Obaze said his choice of a female running mate was informed by his commitment to gender mainstreaming, women empowerment and a 60:40 targeted ratio in political appointments.
He explained that he consulted widely for three weeks with members of his family as well as the PDP hierarchy before selecting her from a shortlist of eminently qualified party faithfuls.
Culled from Daily Trust