The flag-bearer of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra for the United Progressive Party, UPP, Osita Chidoka, has picked Mercel Okeke as his running mate.
Mr Chidoka, in a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Ogbuehi Dike, in Abuja on said the selection of Okeke followed extensive consultation among party leaders.
Mr Chidoka, a former aviation minister, said, “Okeke brings administrative expertise and private sector experience required to deliver dividends of democracy in the state. Okeke brings wealth of first-hand knowledge on how to build modern economy.
“His work as Chief Economist of one of Nigeria’s biggest bank brings a network of contacts in international financial centers that would be of relevance for the transformation we intend to deliver,’’ he said.
Mr Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, said that the running mate would be a strong partner in the commitment to transform the public service in the state to meet peoples hope.
The statement said that Okeke, in his acceptance of the ticket, commended Chidoka for the impact he made in various offices he had held in the country.
On his part, Mr Okeke said he was happy to be part of the economic evolution about to begin in the state.
He hails from Ogbunka in Orumba South Local Government.