The former state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is one of the major names being touted for the job. As governor, Daniel, 62, is remembered for implementing programmes centred on Public-Private Partnership which attracted several businesses to the State during his tenure.
As the director-general of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Daniel played a key role in selling the former vice president to delegates of the party prior to his emergence as PDP presidential candidate.
Atiku had said: “I am in no doubt OGD (Otunba Gbenga Daniel) is a very positive and welcome addition to our campaign and I look forward to working with him as he leads our campaign to victory in February 2019.”
President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina’s name is also being penned down as Atiku’s running mate ahead of 2019.
Adesina introduced more transparency into the fertiliser supply chain. He was named as Forbes African Man of the Year for his reform of Nigerian agriculture.
As AfDB president, Adesina launched a strategy based on energy, agriculture, industrialization, regional integration and bettering Africans’ lives.
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, appointed Adesina as one of 17 global leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals (SDGs) in 2010. On June 26, 2017, he was named the winner of the World Food Prize for his efforts towards ensuring food security.